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Is this the wooly darkling beetle? - Eleodes osculans

Is this the wooly darkling beetle? - Eleodes osculans
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine, Orange County, California, USA
April 16, 2009
Size: Guess - 11mm

Hoping for an expert...
I reviewed all of the current images for E. osculans and none of them has been 100% confirmed by "an expert". But there seems to be general agreement that within California, if it's furry and not small enough to be E. littoralis, than it is likely the Wooly Darkling. I have yet to read anyone offer up another fuzzy Eleodes as a third option. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I think you have as much right to move it to the species page as any of the other contributions that are currently there. (I mean, if this series by Peter Bryant can't get a positive ID, than I don't know what can! Notice his post is still sitting at the genus level...)

Just my opinion, but I think we should move all these probable images of E. osculans to the species page and that way if an expert does come along to review the identifications, all the suspects will be in one location.

Sounds like an excellent, appropriate idea.
I'm moving this fuzzy puppy. We'll see, we'll see. (Just had some 2+ year old flies find IDs. There is hope.)

Size would help
If it's really small, 6mm or so, it might be Eleodes littoralis

It was much larger.

no clue then :-) Hopefully K
no clue then :-)
Hopefully Kojun will see this

Thanks for giving it a look, Will.

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