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Captured in flight - Odontotaenius disjunctus

Captured in flight - Odontotaenius disjunctus
Parkwood, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
May 29, 2010
Size: 33 mm (est)
A natural history observation of note for this common species. Usually, these are found on the inside of rotting logs and are very terrestrial, but they are reported to perform a nuptial flight. I have once seen one buzzing along the pavement under a building light, not maintaining altitude. This one, however, I captured in flight as it buzzed around under my porch light. It was about four feet (1.3 m) off the ground and maintaining its altitude with no problem. It looked very much like a click beetle, with abdomen hanging down as it flew, elytra pointed up and out, of course.