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Colydiidae - Lithophorus ornatus

Colydiidae - Lithophorus ornatus
Katy, Harris County, Texas, USA
September 22, 2013
Size: 6 mm
Found under bark of rotting Water Oak branch. Tarsal formula is 4-4-? (hind tarsi missing). No comparable Colydiid images found here but seems to be this family?

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Colydiidae - Lithophorus ornatus Colydiidae - Lithophorus ornatus

cool... these used to be treated in Colydiidae...
nowadays, Colydiidae are considered close to tenebs, while these guys turned out to be rather closely related to the coccinellid lineage, of all things )))))))

Moved from ID Request.

Boy are you quick, thanks for
Boy are you quick, thanks for the ID. I see from the images here that this in not very common.

this is indeed a very nice beast --and distinctive, too
one of those immediately recognizable things

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