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Photo#69720
Darkling Beetle? - Alobates pensylvanicus

Darkling Beetle? - Alobates pensylvanicus
Eastwood, Carter County, Missouri, USA
July 25, 2006
Size: 21 mm
Follow-up to image posted last night.

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

Moved
Moved from Merinus laevis.

Punctate elytra = Alobates?
It is weird that the field shot and the pinned shot look so different. But either the id is wrong, or the species page for Merinus laevis needs to be updated, because it says elytra of M. laevis are smooth, and that Alobates elytra are puntured.

 
You are right
This is not the same beetle and should be unlinked. It also should be moved.
I moved it on the basis of comments on the linked image.

Moved
Moved from Coelometopinae.

Looks like it
OK, that looks more like Alobates, presumably pennsylvanica, to me. Perhaps Eric Eaton will confirm this--he knows this group well.

 
Sure I do:-)
Yeah, I know lots about tenebrionids, that's why I sent all my specimens to Charles Triplehorn for his opinion:-) I'm not sure what this particular specimen is. Missouri will have more things easily confused with Alobates, so I won't confirm or deny, sorry.

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