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Photo#721606
Beetle - Cryptolestes ferrugineus

Beetle - Cryptolestes ferrugineus
Big Gypsum Valley, near Utah Border and Slickrock, CO, San Miguel County, Colorado, USA
August 6, 2012
Size: 2mm
Desert Riparian, caught in Tamarix habitat

Images of this individual: tag all
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There's a good website out there for this species
http://old.padil.gov.au/pbt/index.php?q=node/70&pbtID=198
Thought I'd put up the link.
Here's a few ecological notes from it in case anyone's interested...
-Pest of stored grains, usually found in mills/elevators/grainers, when grain is moist
-Females can depsoit 200-500 eggs in 9 month life
-In nature they live under the back of trees and shrubs
-Scavenge on a variety of arthropod eggs and pupae,fungus, and stored grains
-Prefers food of animal origin
-Also found in Vespa wasp nests

Moved
Moved from Cryptolestes.

 
thanks V and Dr. Thomas!
interesting beetle, found no where near any stored grains or civilization! probably the reason why I only had one in all my samples

Probably
female Cryptolestes ferrugineus.

suggest re-shooting to reveal the pronotal sublateral lines
they are faintly visible here, but you have to look hard

 
Thanks for the help IDing!
hopefully the pictures I just posted help, it's the most I can zoom in with my equipment

Moved tentatively; looks nice; let's wait for Dr Thomas's input
Moved from ID Request.

 
thanks V!
sometimes the tiny ones are the best!

 
it's the other way around:
the best are sometimes not the smallest ones, but those are rare occasions

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