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Menage a Trois - Melasis pectinicornis - male - female

Menage a Trois - Melasis pectinicornis - Male Female
Montrose, Laurens County, Georgia, USA
April 16, 2011
Size: 4 mm and 7 mm
These two apparent males were jostling for position, I suppose, as I can't think of any other reason for the behaviour of the larger beetle pressing down on the small one and shifting its body around, presumably to dislodge it. It didn't seem to faze the little one, as he carried on to the end. The larger one eventually broke off, walked around as in a daze, then charged the smaller one, resulting in the photos of the small one hanging in the air. And folks say we have all the fun....

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Menage a Trois - Melasis pectinicornis - male - female Menage a Trois - Melasis pectinicornis - male - female Menage a Trois - Melasis pectinicornis - male - female

The imaged eucnemid have been moved to and...
identified as Melasis pectinicornis Melsheimer. It is the only Nearctic species within the genus found east of the Rocky Mountains.

Moved

looks like Melasis --i'll alert Robert Otto
Moved from ID Request.

 
Fantastic!
Thank you both, gentlemen! BTW, I think I may have included one of these in my CARE package of specimens I sent to Blaine.

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