Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#70881
Bunch o' beetles - Oxycopis mcdonaldi

Bunch o' beetles - Oxycopis mcdonaldi
Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida, USA
August 15, 2006
Size: 5mm

Images of this individual: tag all
Bunch o' beetles - Oxycopis mcdonaldi Bunch o' beetles - Oxycopis mcdonaldi

Oxycopis mcdonaldi (Arnett)

Oedemeridae.
Hm-m-m. These have 'got' to be oedemerids (false blister beetles), but I've never seen so many at once, and not ones that are so iridescent! I'll be interested in Don Chandler's comments.

 
Yes, oedemerids
Southern taxa, so I won't make an attempt on placement to genus. Many of the taxa that have larvae in rotting wood tend to have reasonably synchronous emergences as adults. So, if you are at the log on the right day, it can be amazingly productive for species that are otherwise hard to find.

 
Thanks
To both of you for the ID. These beetles don't appear that irredescent unless well-lit (as from the flash).
Thay have been gathered by day under this light for a couple of weeks now.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.