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Slime Mold Beetles - Sphindus americanus

Slime Mold Beetles - Sphindus americanus
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
June 16, 2006
Size: 1.7 - 1.9 mm
Collected nine or ten of these in dry cakes of slime mold that had grown in a mulched shrub and flower bed around a house. I gave this beetle a bath but neglected to give it a good scrubbing, which it rather needed :-)

I'm wondering if this species could be in family Sphin*didae, a new family for bugguide. During the past year or so I've checked most slime molds I've seen and have only found beetles twice -- once during the Maine Coleptera Blitz. On that occasion they were not Sphin*didae, but I don't recall what they were determined to be and I didn't get photos before turning them in. Apparently several families of beetles make a living off slime mold and have been refered to as slime mold beetles. The ones made famous for having been named after Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld were actually leio*dids I think.

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Gee,
we've gone full circle on these guys. Thanks, Belov.

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