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Photo#40370
Beetle - Blapstinus

Beetle - Blapstinus
Lady Lake, Lake County, Florida, USA
January 3, 2006
Size: 7mm
I find these on the underside of dried up bananna peels. Chilled and released.

Images of this individual: tag all
Beetle - Blapstinus Beetle - Blapstinus

Moved
Moved from Darkling Beetles.

Opatrinae
you can sort of make out the notch on the front of the "face"(in second photo). Given the locality, this is probably Blapstinus. One of the characters for this genus is that the eye is completely divided into two by the canthus (visible in second photo as well).

Tenebrionid, perhaps Alphitobius laevigatus
Looks like a Tenebrionid. Looking at this page of Darkling Beetles of Florida. The PDF versions you can download are very handy--they have multiple images laid out on the pages. Looking at that, the Black Fungus Beetle, Alphitobius laevigatus, length 5.0-6.5 mm, looks close, and it says "Habitat: Many kinds of dried materials".

Perhaps Eric Eaton, or another beetle guru, will confirm or refute this.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

 
Thank you
very much for the links, I especially like the definitions, very helpful for someone like me.

 
Certainly Tenebrionid, but
I can't place it right now, but it isn't Alphitobius laevigatus - compare the eyes and look especially at the elytra - A. laevigatus is evenly covered with minute punctures, the striae faintly impressed. This one doesn't have the even punctures, the intervals are obviously convex, separated by rows of coarse punctures.

That Florida website is really good.

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