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Species Eleodes osculans - Wooly Darkling Beetle

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Amphidorini
Genus Eleodes (Desert Stink Beetles)
No Taxon (subgenus Cratidus)
Species osculans (Wooly Darkling Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Cratidus osculans
Explanation of Names
Eleodes osculans (LeConte 1851)
12-16 mm(1)
Erect reddish-brown hair on elytra (in E. nigropilosa, hair is black, and body smaller, 8-12 mm)(1)

Also see E. littoralis.
Larvae in dry soil and plant litter(1)
Larvae feed on detritus(1)
See Also
-Eleodes nigropilosus - generally coastal CA.
-Eleodes littoralis - as above, but an inland species.
Print References
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.
2.Bousquet Y., ed. (1991) Checklist of the beetles of Canada and Alaska
3.Smith A.D. tenebrioniDBase
4.Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, 2nd edition
Charles L. Hogue. 1992. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.