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very stinky insect.... possible Eleodes? - Chlaenius viduus

very stinky insect.... possible Eleodes? - Chlaenius viduus
10 miles north of Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri, USA
May 17, 2008
Size: ~20 mm
Very stinky insect made it's way across our carpet. Didn't know it smelled until I caught it. Stunk up the whole fairly large house. Very alert beetle that was not pleased about getting it's picture taken.

Chlaenius viduus Horn 1871
distinctive sp. -- see MCZ type

Moved from Vivid Metallic Ground Beetles.

Thanks for the ID!
Always appreciated!

Orange femora against black tibiae & tarsi
is the most easily seen distinctive character that supports C. viduus. Range is limited to AR, IL, MO. This species is currently not in my North American carabid reference collection. I sure would like to add one representative specimen. Thank you V. Belov for your acute visualization skills in comparing photos.

I actually had one in the house again about a week ago. I let my hubby scoop that one up and out of the house. Of course, it may have been a different species. However, if I do find one again, I'll let you know!

Thanks all....
After looking it up, I most definitely agree. It also did have what looked like a smattering of gold dust on its elytra. All I know is that it was quickly crawling across the floor, and when I scooped it up in the box, the smell was overpowering throughout the whole house. I still smell it in the living room, and that's been over 6 hours ago with the windows open. LOL

I collected them by hand whil
I collected them by hand while camping... I had that smell a whole week on my hands... That helps loosing weight, because you do not want to eat anything with your hands...

That's so funny!
I had actually been eating a late dinner because I had just gotten off from work, and I had originally touched the beetle with my hands. Needless to say, I didn't finish dinner.

Nope, it is a Carabid beetle,
Nope, it is a Carabid beetle, and if it is stinky and hairy, it must be Chlaenius...

for sure.

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