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Beetle - Irrasinus stupidus

Beetle - Irrasinus stupidus
Pearl River County, Mississippi, USA
December 14, 2009
These were some poor images taken from the recycle bin that I wasn't going to post, this guy was small, seems a few mm but didn't note. Id help appreciated.

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Best BugGuide thread...
...EVER! :)

Definitely can't argue that...

What? We're actually insulting scarabs now?:-) Glad I don't have an author name attached to that one. Geesh!

one Horn dude started it...

This Beetle was also found off
Dumas Wise road.

no kiddin!?!?
so it all boils down to Wise~ vs Dum~

ahh lads ain't us a team
Moved from Subgenus Irrasinus.

we are Team Stupidus...for what it's worth :)

The Best!!
Thanks Guys.

must be stupidus [winter-active sp.] -- will ask Paul to check
good you've decided to pull it out of the trash bin! we only have a couple recently posted by Dave...

Moved from Beetles.

this is A. stupidus
The other North American species (I. dumasi) has a setose pronotum.

What the...
I was about to take you to task for making up an obviously fake name for a cheap laugh, but discovered that there really is such a species!

It's funny...
A. dumasi was described in 2007. It's funny, that with a type species called 'stupidus', the second species would be given a name phonetically-similar to 'dumbass.' [note: dumasi was named after the author The Three Musketeers...]

but who was "stupidus" named after?
Unless it's "I can't come up with a good name for this stupid beetle!"

Re: naming after Dumas
I'm sure the author was able to say that with a straight face- but I'm not sure I buy it.

nobody does...
see review of Gordon & Skelley's monograph by Smith (2008 Scarabs Newsletter 30, p.3)

Bozhe moy!
That's one heck of an entomological newsletter. Are there always that many buxom women in it? And have they ever asked any of the buxom women to proofread it?

i was about to ask Blaine about that
how the dung haulers get all the chicks, &c

that a secret
of The Sacred Order of the Lamellate Antennae :-)

And the giant horns?
Horniest Scarab Beetle contest, indeed!

you saw my submission for the horniest beetle? I actually won one of the autographed pics! lol

my candidate...
Photographed a year too late for the contest, but check out the male on the right here, who's trying to mate with the male in the middle, who got to the female on the left first...

yup :-)
You should see how big my grin is at the moment, between thinking of the beetle and you with your photo prize!

dam u mongolians

I must send you a self portrait...
...of me in my "I love the ladies" lady beetle t-shirt :-) (Not as close-fitting as the apparel of those Scarab Newsletter ladies...I don't own any OUTERwear that's as close-fitting as their apparel!)

please do
high-res, too

ha! striking pattern indeed
i assumed the same dumbass etymology in my note to Dr Skelley while checking with him my ID on Dave's first submission of stupidus a month ago... before having realized it was him who named the beetle...

gimme a bit to narrow it down, unless Skelley or someone else gets to it.

Aphodius (Irrasinus) stupidus
Tried running through the keys in Gordon et Skelley (2007).

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