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Photo#18724
shiny-red-elytra - Hesperus baltimorensis

shiny-red-elytra - Hesperus baltimorensis
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
May 28, 2005
Size: 11 - 12 mm

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Moved from Hesperus.

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Hi Jim,

I recently dissected an atypical specimen of H. baltimoren*sis from Rich Kelly in NY. It has the same strange coloration as your specimen; it appears that this species can have its first three abdominal tergites darkened in photographs (and dark reddish under strong light).
So I believe that your specimen can now be put into H. baltimorensis.

Cheers,
Adam

Staphylinidae: Staphylininae: Hesperus apicalis
Looks like Hesperus apicalis to me.

 
Elytra not dark like others.
There are two sets of images you've IDed as Hesperus apicalis. Yet one has very dark elytra that contrast with this example. Explanation?

 
Hesperus apicalis
I can be wrong, and have been so before, but the color pattern of the abdomen is correct for H. apicalis, and while the elytra are usually dark, for a few specimens in the collection here the elytra are a similar colored brown to that in your photo. If you still have the specimen, if the entire abdomen is really a lighter brown except the contrastingly dark brown last tergite, then it is Hesperus baltimorensis. From your photos the first three abdominal tergites look dark brown, with the next two being a light brown --> H. apicalis.

 
I might have the voucher.
I've put this at genus level till I see voucher, if available.

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