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Vivid Metallic Ground Beetle (Chlaenius spp.) - Chlaenius tricolor - male

Vivid Metallic Ground Beetle (Chlaenius spp.) - Chlaenius tricolor - Male
~ 7 mi W of Galt, Sacramento County, California, USA
February 28, 2009
Found under bark of recently felled cottonwood. Higher resolution (1024 pixels wide) scan available on request.
"Thirteen species and two subspecies are known from California." Field Guide to Beetles of California, Evans and Hogue, p.61. This specimen is not one of the two highlighted in this field guide.
I didn't note any specific smell when collecting it.

Moved

Moved

Chlaenius sp.; doubt C. nemoralis
which should have pronotum narrower and with duller metallic luster than what is shown in image. Furthermore, published western limit for C. nemoralis is SD-OK-TX.

 
Thanks for the feedback Peter
Thanks for the feedback Peter! I plan on visiting the UC Davis collection sometime in the next two weeks to try to ID this specimen.

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