Pictured Rove Beetle - Thinopinus pictus
Pescadero State Beach, San Mateo County, California, USA
July 30, 2009
This rove beetle was found at dusk along the edge of a marine estuary, scuttling away from some beach-stranded seaweed I had lifted up. It ran along the sand, and later tried to escape my camera by burrowing into the sand.
Based on images and description in Evans & Hogue's "Field Guide to Beetles of California", and the distinctive patterning, habitat, and behavior I'm confident enough of the ID to place it directly here (I'm assuming that if I'm actually off, it will be caught soon enough by one of the guardian coleopterists of BugGuide).
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