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Photo#86261
Black Beetle. - Eleodes goryi

Black Beetle. - Eleodes goryi
Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas, USA
November 7, 2006
Size: 18 mm
There were several of these prowling around on the ground outside my garage.
They walk fairly tall on their legs, although this one hunkered down when I photographed him.

I had thought that it was a Dung Beetle, but all the photos in the guide show much spinier legs on Dung Beetles than this fellow.

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Moved tentatively, I believe this is a female E.goryi...

Moved
Moved from Darkling Beetles.

The hunkering down is a defen
The hunkering down is a defensive response. They have toxic chemicals in abdominal glands.

Darkling Beetle
Perhaps an Eleodes species.

 
yup
The large size and the notch in the clypeus help identify it as Eleodes.

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