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Gold & black beetle - Sacodes pulchella

Gold & black beetle - Sacodes pulchella
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
May 31, 2006
Size: 4 mm
Came to UV lights on warm, humid night. I think this is a scirtid. Most members of that family are softly mottled brown it seems, but there are some a bit more design conscious. This one, whatever it is, is a sharp dresser.

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Sacodes pulchella
I found an image of this and 11 other scirtid species in an online pdf file titled "Scirtids of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park," which downloaded on Adobe reader.

Sacodes is used in American Beetles, which this site follows for nomenclature, but the more recent name Flavohelodes is used on the University of New Hampshire checklist.

 
Sacodes and Flavohelodes
Jim: Sacodes is the older, and thus preferred name. The UNH online database will reflect this eventually.

 
Thanks for clarifying, Don.
I'll bet this beetle is way more beautiful in life than in a collection. This one expired and has lost much of its bloom.

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