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trogossitid - Calitys scabra

trogossitid - Calitys scabra
Pack Forest (near Eatonville), Pierce County, Washington, USA
July 12, 2009
Size: 9mm
This was walking on a polypore fungus that was 8-9 feet above the ground on a dead tree.


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Moved from Calitys.

for me, best of trip!
Great catch, Joyce--this is the coolest find of the trip, I think, especially knowing the story of your clever capture of this incredibly cryptic beetle. Staring right at it in your hand, I was barely able to tell it was an insect, and not a chunk of bark.

Great shots
of this very neat beetle, love it!

gorgeous picture, Joyce
Didn't see this pic at the Gathering. Superb!

Calitys -- very nice! [wander whether it's minor or scabra]
will ask around

Moved from Ironclad Beetles.

that looks like it!

from Darren Pollock:
"those are indeed nice little beetles. I actually scooped up quite a few of them a month ago near Santa Fe. The trick, of course, is to be out at night (and in fact, I rarely do serious collecting during daytime anymore...).
...Barron published a revision of the Trogs of North America -- I think back in the 70s -- in the Memoirs of Ent. Soc. Canada. That would be the first place I'd look....
I can't tell one sp. from the other without seeing the key....but you're right - they're cute (for non-tenebrinoids)"

I find lots of these in NM too, even in the daytime. This one is Calitys scabra (Thunberg). There is only scabra and minor, and both are in Wash. The prominent sculpturing and the low number of spines along the elytral margin both say definitely C. scabra.

thanks again, Rick!
it looks like this beetle is much more abundant in America than in Eurasia where it's considered a rarity, and every find is a little sensation -- despite the huuuuge range

Thanks Rick!

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