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beetle - Epuraea - male

beetle - Epuraea - Male
San Leandro, Alameda County, California, USA
May 22, 2006
Size: 1.8 mm
Beetle out of its sack.

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Moved from Epuraea.

Moved from Haptoncus.

Moved from Epuraea.

Haptoncus (maybe H. californicus)

This looks like one for Andy Cline.

that's what
I was thinking too.

I've been thinking
about the circumstances of its arrival. I think it must have gotten into one of the spider webs above your bed (really, Joyce, that's more than I wanted to know about you! :-). The spider decided it was not edible, but why? Does this beetle have an offensive taste or aroma? At any rate, having put the beetle in the inedible category, the spider cut it loose so its stuggles wouldn't keep vibrating the web.

I asked Andy -- he thinks this is Epuraea, probably near adumbrata. I can send the beetle to him for a species ID (it's a male) -- haven't decided if I will or not, but meanwhile I'll move this to the Epuraea section.

As for the spiders that live above my bed, it's no worse knowing about them than knowing how many different families of beetles have died in your lamp shades Jim. :)

Not fair!
The beetles in question were extracted from a customer's lampshade. There were not nearly so many species in my own lampshades. Still, I do keep several hundred live beetles in my bathroom, plus untold thousands of mites and springtails :-)

Your beetle does have that Epuraea look to it.

Sorry for mistaking your customer's lampshade beetles with your own. :)

You probably do have more live beetles than I have spiders in my house -- though I'm not sure of that. You at least have more mites and springtails. I think I keep my spiders well-fed with the escaped insects that I try to photograph -- not to mention all the others that come in through the windows and doors.

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