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Eleodes Swarm - Eleodes

Eleodes Swarm - Eleodes
Eriogonum Wash, Ocotillo Wells SVRA, Boreego Springs, San Diego County, California, USA
August 30, 2011
Size: ~1"
Large gatherings of these Eleodes sp. have been found scattered within the park recently. Is there a way to identify them to species? As you can see, we have plenty of specimens! Also, is there a reason that they are doing this? I have not seen this behavior before in the several years that I have been out here. The temperatures have been normal for this time of year, 110+ during the day and around 90 at night. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated!

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probably Eleodes armatus
I've seen them aggregate in this manner and its one of the most abundant species in the area, however some close-up photos are a must for accurate ID.

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