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Trox - Trox variolatus

Trox - Trox variolatus
Powhatan County, Virginia, USA
February 4, 2006
Size: About 1cm long
I am fairly sure this is in the genus Trox. Can anyone confirm? - Thanks

Found crawling on the ground on my driveway on a warm, spring-like day.

Moved from Hide Beetles.


No doubt about it - In addition to the shape of the scutellum, Trox are on average smaller, and in my experience, more frequently seen, being quite common on carrion or dung.

I don't often see Omorgus there, but many are found in birds nests - we have a species found only in Barn's owl nests.

With this overall appearance, it really can only be Trox or Omorgus.

From what I can see of the Scutellum, this is Trox. Phillip Harpootlian provided this nice diagram:


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

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