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which beetle ? - Nemognatha

which beetle ? - Nemognatha
Manteca, San joaquin County, California, USA
August 23, 2008
Size: 1/2"
I found only one of these fellows on a weedy grass stem which was surprising since I find most beetles on flowers eating the tender petals . There were not many flowers left on this bike path trail margined in grass and weeds . I really don't know what kind of beetle this is . It seemed lazy as it did not try to fly away as I severed it's grass strand so I could take better photos of it . On closer analysis , I saw that it was feeding on the grass stem with a huge swordlike mouthpart ... glad I did not hold this one ! I would appreciate any comments or information on this fellow , thanks , sincerely Beth

Moved from Nemognatha.

With that huge sword
we would suggest Nemognatha, in the guide here

I'm new to BugGuide
Bugs that look like beetles, beetles that look like bugs (except for antennae segment counts)...this is so cool!

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