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Unidentified Teneb - Eleodes eschscholtzii

Unidentified Teneb - Eleodes eschscholtzii
Rest area along Hwy 19, south of Green Valley, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 30, 2010
Size: 31 mm
Two of these long-tailed tenebs were at the Southbound side of the big rest area, as it poured rain outside during a nocturnal monsoonal thunderstorm. Could these possibly have been hitchhikers from south of the U.S. border?


Moved from Darkling Beetles.

Naw, "just" a species of Eleodes that sometimes get these "tails."

Tons of speculation...
...was occurring at Pat's about it last July (that's where I got the idea about it being a Mexican species).

It's E. schultzi
and a first for the US. Aaron went back and got more. He's working on the genus or whole tribe

Schultzi or eschscholtzi? I had some large caudate Eleodes in my collection that I had identified as eschscholtzi from Chihauhua Mexico and I remember Aaron telling me that that species wasn't know to occur in the US at the time.

They were the only interesting beetles found the whole night due to the massive rain event happening!

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