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Photo#69511
Darkling Beetle? - Alobates pensylvanicus

Darkling Beetle? - Alobates pensylvanicus
Eastwood, Carter County, Missouri, USA
July 25, 2006
Size: 21 mm
I found this beetle, and several others like it, under the bark of a large, fallen Black Oak. My internet is slow tonight (I'm using a satellite and it's only so-so on a good day) so I haven't searched thoroughly through the guide, but I'm going to take a shot and say this is an Alobates pennsylvanica or something similar. How far off am I?

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Darkling Beetle? - Alobates pensylvanicus Darkling Beetle? - Alobates pensylvanicus

Moved
Moved from Merinus laevis.

Moved
Moved from Coelometopinae.

Darkling beetle
A. pennsylvanica has rows of fine punctures on elytra, your beetle does not:


Merinus laevis has smoother elytra, wide legs, looks close, but I'm not sure:

There aren't so many that are so large, perhaps others will have an idea.

 
Hi Patrick
The photo doesn't do a very good job of showing them, especially at the smaller size, but there are rows of puctures present. They're not nearly as pronounced as in the photo you linked to, but they are there.

I just posted another image that shows the puntures much better. What do you think?

Thanks,
Dan

 
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