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red and black beetle - Helluomorphoides nigripennis

red and black beetle - Helluomorphoides nigripennis
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
July 23, 2005

Pennis = "feathers"
I've assumed for quite some time that, since ID of many species depends on characteristics of the removed male sex organ, that the constant referal to pennis in Latin names was just the Latin"root" word for the English penis, and that in order to reconcile the name with the specimen in hand, you'd have to do some delicate dissecting. Not so!

I finally did a google on "pennis means" and found that it's Latin for feathers and presumably applies to the elytra. Nigri = black, pennis = elytra. Makes sense finally!

Pennis = "feathers"
I had thought the same thing about the word pennis. Thanks for the info and clarifying the meaning. I just googled "pennis" and saw what you had to wade through to find the meaning. :-)

peni vs. penni
The meaning depends on the number of n's...

peni, =s (L). The penis
penn, =a, -ati, -i (L). A feather; a wing; feathered

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Helluomorphoides nigripennis??
Maybe, maybe, a carabid, Helluomorphoides nigripennis:

I can't see the antennae from the correct angle on your photo to be sure. They are distinctive in Helluomorphoides, being vertically flattened. They don't look quite like thatDo you have a photo from another angle?

There are some other beetle families that body form, and I'm not familiar enough with them to say. Helluomorphoides is just what struck me at first.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Helluomorphoides nigripennis??
Thanks for the help. I don't have any other shots. He was only around long enough for one.

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