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Small Beetle - Anaspis sericea

Small Beetle - Anaspis sericea
Sitka County, Alaska, USA
July 15, 2011
Beetle was small - perhaps 1cm long? Crawling on Red Alder (Alnus rubra) leaf.

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Small Beetle - Anaspis sericea Small Beetle - Anaspis sericea

Moved from Anaspis.

Moved from ID Request.

best guess, Anaspis of sorts
...but for the fact Anaspis don't grow that huge [1 cm is huge!] --they're more like 4 mm

size estimate
I'm pretty bad at size estimation (especially when I don't think about it at the time) - it's entirely possible that the beetle was closer to .5cm or smaller. If I get a chance, I'll measure a Red Alder leaf and see what the separation on the teeth typically is, the other photo shows the beetle on the edge, so perhaps that should offer a little confirmation one way or the other.

don't go into too much trouble about size
i'm pretty confident about genus, and the leaf surface provides enough reference anyway; if i had to choose out of the two spp. recorded in AK, i would lean towards A. sericea (Mnnh.)
the group is quite orphaned, but please try to find & photograph more of them --shouldn't be a problem: these guys usually run all over the foliage of woodland shrubs, &c.
once we've got sharp pix, i'll show them around

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