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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

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