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Salpingidae or Tenebrionidae? - Priognathus monilicornis

Salpingidae or Tenebrionidae? - Priognathus monilicornis
Gold Bar, Snohomish County, Washington, USA
May 17, 2009
Size: ~10 mm
Was originally thinking narrow-waisted bark beetle, but now leaning towards tenebrionid. Help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Salpingidae or Tenebrionidae? - Priognathus monilicornis Salpingidae or Tenebrionidae? - Priognathus monilicornis

something like that...
Moved from Beetles.

 
Wow...
I see that this is the first for Washington state. This is a new family for me, I've never seen one before. Thank you so much for the help...

Gary

 
always a pleasure to see this fine bug
the beetle looks weird and puzzling, and Salpingidae & Pythidae used to be treated as the same family for a long time, so your guess was really quite good; including tenebs in the differential as a last resort option is also a good idea wherever one is is not sure about family: based on my own experience, in nine cases out of ten when family placement is not at all obvious, your 'mystery beetle' turns out to be a teneb.
so i really think you did great with this one.

 
Thank you for the words of
encouragement and the compliments. They are really appreciated and well received....

Gary

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