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mystery beetle - Mycetophagus punctatus

mystery beetle - Mycetophagus punctatus
New Hampshire, USA
Size: 5.5 - 5.8 mm
This attractively-marked black/yellow/hairy beetle never made it to the photo shoot alive. When it died, I plopped it into the alcohol vat and just photographed it Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day. As you can see, it came apart while I was handling it, trying to make it look semi-presentable. I wanted to shoot it like this before attempting to glue it together in case I made a complete mess of things, as I often do.

No family whatsoever came to mind for this little one. It resembles this smaller, different-patterned specimen from the same jar of alcohol:

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Mycetophagidae: Mycetophagus punctatus (Say)
The UNH collection has been consulted, and it is Mycetophagus punctatus (Say).

 
Question:
Why is M. punctatus not on the UNH checlist?

 
M. punctatus not on UNH checklist
Oopsie. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. It bet that it won't be the last one.

 
Wow!
Great to have an expert who can spot these obscure families.

Mycetophagidae: Mycetophagus sp.
It would be easy to put a species name on this if I walked down to the collection. But I'm at home.

 
Our first
Ah, the first Hairy Fungus Beetle on BugGuide! A nice addition.

--Stephen

Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV
www.stephencresswell.com

 
Thanks Stephen.
I moved it to species page.

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