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bronze & black beetle - Chlaenius tricolor - female

bronze & black beetle - Chlaenius tricolor - Female
Lodi Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
August 30, 2013
came to a light at night
Could this be Chlaenius tricolor?

Moved from Chlaenius tricolor.


Image fits "Chlaenius tricolor".
So pretty, but so smelly! So too are other members of Chlaenius. Did you notice that particular chemical defense during capture? In terms of hygienic perception, the genus name is ironically pronounced "Clean'-ee-us". Etymologically, "Chlaena" is Greek for "cloak".

It was Italian zoologist Franco Andrea Bonelli who was responsible for naming "Chlaenius" in 1810. I can only guess that the choice occurred during an uninspired moment.

Had a live Chlaenius been in Bonelli's hand during inspection, any esthetic thought of a "cloak" would have been forcibly replaced by visceral thoughts. "Choke" comes nicely to mind. Now if only Bonelli had reacted by running over to his Greek Lexicon and looked up "choke", "gag", or whatever, then today we might be calling this pretty beetle something less nice, but appropriately of course.

Thanks for the additional info. We didn't notice any smell. It showed up at a sheet during a nighttime mothing attempt.

Moved from Beetles.

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