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Eleodes of Cleveland National Forest - Eleodes

Eleodes of Cleveland National Forest - Eleodes
Cleveland National Forest, Orange County, California, USA
June 15, 2010
Size: about 34mm
I wasn't sure what kind of beetle this was, but later found that it was a Darkling Beetle. I'd love to know what species exactly. As a kid, we used to call them "Stink Bugs", because of how they would stick their posteriors in the air when approached. I've also heard some people refer to them as dung beetles, but I'm not sure if that's accurate.

This one was found on the forest floor in an area of the park that is part riperian, and part chaparral. I've only seen them on the floor.

Moved from ID Request.

Looks like Eleodes or a mimic to me
Not a dung beetle (Scarabaeinae or Aphodinae), a darkling beetle (Tenebrionidae)

I would guess Eleodes too.
This angle, its hard to tell though. You don't have any other images?

I don't have any others, Unfortunately
I thought I might have at least one more from the front, but I think we were trying to get to the waterfall at the park before sundown, so I had to rush it. They are VERY common in Cleveland National Forest, though. I've seen countless examples, several times in one hike.


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