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Clown Beetle - Platysoma leconti

Clown Beetle - Platysoma leconti
Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
March 31, 2006
Size: 4mm
I photographed this one right where it landed, on my hat.

Thanks Jeff
Moved from Platysoma.

Platysoma leconti
Hi Tom,

This is Platysoma leconti, very commonly encountered under bark.

Moved from Clown Beetles.

looks like Platysoma genus group

Send in the Clowns
The squared off apex of the elytra is an interesting trait, and you've got a nice full set of striations, helping rule out Hololepta. Genus Hister would be my best thought on this one, but beyond that I wouldn't even make an attempt.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

not Hister
I can contribute that it is not a Hister (way too small), but don't know the genus. Yves Bousquet's book on the Histeridae of Canada and adjacent North America (Insects and Arachnids of Canada series) should be out shortly, and will help immensely in placing members of this family to genus. Too many of the genera look alike to me.

looking through Downie and Arnett at hister beetles right now, some as small as 0.75mm, many in the 2-5mm range....

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