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Photo#51441
Unknown family - Orthoperus scutellaris

Unknown family - Orthoperus scutellaris
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
May 5, 2006
Size: 1.1 mm
Collected by tapping flowering shrub/tree branch tips into palm of my hand to see what was feeding inside the blooms. Only one of these tiny beetles showed up along with dozens of thri*ps and small, dark niti*dulids or possibly kater*etids, plus a few mites and one other tiny tan beetle.

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Phalacridae?
At first I thought it was a tiny dermestid but it's so small and shiny; I think it is in the Phalacridae (i.e. a shining mold beetle).

 
AKA Shining Flower Beetles,
which would fit with where I found it. Still, it is an unusual shape, at least among phalacrids I've seen. Its apex is rather pointed, the head is tiny and way exposed, and it looks like there is at least one exposed tergite beyond the elytal apex. The antennal shape might rule out some possibilities.

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