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Photo#8642
Scarab Beetle - Parastasia brevipes

Scarab Beetle - Parastasia brevipes
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
July 31, 2004
Size: 16 mm
Found at a lighted wall, a bit dazed. Chilled and posed for these photos. Thanks to Phil Harpootlian (comments below) for identification.

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Parastasia brevipes
I can see why you thought Ligyrus (since changed to Tomarus (1)(2)), but this is actually a Ruteline – Parastasia brevipes(3). I don’t see these very often in SC. Most Tomarus spp. have a pronounced pit on the pronotum. The Rutelines have the tarsi independently movable. Good shots.

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