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Odd Beetle, Ptilodactylidae, maybe? - Ptilodactyla - male

Odd Beetle, Ptilodactylidae, maybe? - Ptilodactyla - Male
Near Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia, USA
June 20, 2005
Size: On the small side
Attracted to lights. Love those comb-like antennae. Dense golden pubescence too, with much of it seemingly worn away. Running through the chart of families in White's Field Guide to Beetles, Ptilodactylidae is the closest I could come.

Any further thoughts on family (or genus or species) would be appreciated!

I agree.
I would agree with your identification. Really nice image, too!

Image #4
I'll be posting my own Ptilodacylidae pics, I was hoping I'd be the first to add this family, oh well. Great shots!
Will Chatfield-Taylor

Thanks, Eric
Thanks, Eric. I will move him to the Ptilodactylidae pages, where he becomes individual number three!


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

Ptilodactyla sp.
Downie & Arnett say there are two genera in Northeastern North America, Ptilodactyla and Anchytarsus. This can't be the latter because Anchytarsus never has pectinate nor even serrate antennae.

Some traits of Ptilodactyla, from the same source: appendages are paler than the rest of the beetle; antennae have basal process on segments 4-10; the pronotum is granulate-punctate; basal margin of pronotum has "teeth." Often collected at lights.(1)

Making a Ptilodactyla page and moving this image there.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

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