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Beetles - Olibrus

Beetles - Olibrus
Wachusett Mountain, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
August 3, 2008
Size: 3? mm
There were a lot of these little beetles on yellow flowers and on thistle. They were hard to photograph, being featureless dark blobs on brightly-colored flowers and often buried deep in the flower. Even overexposing I was unable to find any detail on the shell; it was dark with maybe an irregular slightly paler area along the top and front. What you see here is reflection.

Some sort of ladybug, I presume. I'll frass after ID (or "unidentifiable") unless it's something rare. Really I'm curious.

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Beetles - Olibrus Olibrus antennae - Olibrus


Olibrus sp.
In my opinion the best view of "turbinate" (top- or nipple-shaped) terminal antennomeres so far on the guide. You can also spy the two sutural striae on the left elytron of the upper beetle. Please do not frass!


Shining flower beetles
Family Phalacridae, see here.

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