Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events

Sap-feeding Beetle on Moonflower - Conotelus obscurus

Sap-feeding Beetle on Moonflower - Conotelus obscurus
St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario, Canada
August 11, 2005
Size: 4mm (revised from 2mm)
Very small. On a flower petal. Looks to me a bit like a Rove Beetle, but not as segmented in the abdomen.

Moving to guide
Genus Conotelus

Appears to be a NITIDULIDAE.

I agree.
Does look like a nitidulid in the genus Conotelus. It should have been found inside a morning glory flower:-) Seriously. Very nice image.

Found an image of Conotelus mexicanus. The image I posted matches pretty well. Now that I think about it, it was found on a Moonflower. Thank-you all for your assistance in the ID of this beetle. I'll revise its size estimate up to 4mm.

C. obscurus Erichson
The canadian checklist [see above] has only the single species listed for this genus.

C. obscurus
You are correct. Thanks.

image moved...
to new Guide page for this species

What kind of flower did you find the beetle on?

I'll have to check when I get home and get back to you.

A moon flower

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.