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What type of Beetles? - Sandalus niger
Poseyville, Posey County, Indiana, USA
October 1, 2005
Size: 1/2" - 1.5"
I'm hoping someone can identify these beetles I found on a silver maple tree in my yard. Close to these two mating was what appeared to be a family of them - with the larger (female - thanks!) beetle carrying three others on its back! Very intriguing.
There are also a few other smaller brown ones (male) swarming around the tree. Later I saw the larger black beetle alone, and it seemed to be depositing something under the bark of the tree (eggs?). Never saw them before today. Anyone have a clue as to what these critters are?
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