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rove beetle - Philonthus lomatus - male

rove beetle - Philonthus lomatus - Male
Shirley, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
August 1, 2010
Size: 7.2mm
Found under a rock in the woods.

Moved from Philonthus.
This goes to show that they all don't look alike, even in the same species.

This is a very very, aberrant
This is a very very, aberrant male of Philonthus lomatus...
They sometimes have vaguely reddish elytra but this individual is so comes in at 6.4-6.5mm, smaller than the size range given in the revision. However, all other similar species have been compared and there is no other option. Weird.


Moved from Rove Beetles.
I have this one saved for you to look at. I'll be sending out a package for you soon with the spring staphs plus this one.

This is a Philonthus, there i
This is a Philonthus, there is a slight possibility for species ID if it has no microsculpture on the pronotum. Any close-up on that region may help...

It's almost staph season again Tom, it's great to see you're already out poking around for them!


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