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Quite hairy Blapstinus (Tenebrionidae) - Blapstinus histricus

Quite hairy Blapstinus (Tenebrionidae) - Blapstinus histricus
Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, New Mexico, USA
December 24, 2005
Size: 5.5 mm
Found overwintering under bark, wood chunks, grass clippings or leaf pile between Christmas Day and Dec. 30, I forget where now or exactly when.

This is one of several brownish similar-looking species that I have kept in a container loaded with rolled oats plus some puppy chow, dried shrimp fishfood, pieces of vegetable and fungus, some paper towel scaps to climb on and under, and a plastic waterbottle cap in which I keep a wad of tissue soaking in water. (The beetles use this watering station.)

I shot a bunch of these beetles earlier but between dorsal and ventral views I was unable to tell where one beetle's pix ended and the next began. I fixed this by shooting a small "New Specimen" sign between beetles.

This individual is *very* hirsute, and I think that may be an important factor in determining its species, at least judging by similar-looking Blaptinus images on this site.

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Moved
Moved from Blapstinus.

Blapstinus cf. histricus

 
Your link is bad.
Here is an apparent image of Blapstinus histricus. I think I'm wearing the wrong eyeglasses because I can't quite make out the text under it ;-) Anyway, I can't say I'm sold on the similarity.

 
link spelled out
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/teneb/east_tenebrioniformes.htm#tenebrioninae

 
OK
I recall looking at that image at the time I posted but didn't know what other hairy species might exist that didn't live on the East Coast.

Here's an active link to Blapstinus histricus.

Moved
Moved from Blapstinus.

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