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Bill Bug. - Sphenophorus costicollis - female

Bill Bug. - Sphenophorus costicollis - Female
Deane, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
April 29, 2014
Size: 15mm
Climbing up entrance to storage building.

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Bill Bug. - Sphenophorus costicollis - female Bill Bug. - Sphenophorus costicollis - female Bill Bug. - Sphenophorus costicollis - female Bill Bug. - Sphenophorus costicollis - female

sweet...

Sphenophorus costicollis Chittenden, female
Moved from Billbugs. Tentatively ID'd from specimen, now a photo-voucher. Thanks Lisa.

Difficult to ID, so not 100% sure. Pronotum looks more like S. cariosus, but the elytral punctures don't seem large enough (though they are well obscured by the coating). More importantly, the third hind tarsomere is dilated with hair pads, which would exclude S. cariosus. This leaves S. striatipennis & S. costicollis as the remaining viable options, and I think S. costicollis is the best match. I may well be wrong though..

 
Thanks so much
Brad. I didn't know if I should wash it or leave it as I found it.
Would you prefer to have them cleaned?

 
Nope
Their coating is necessary for identification. Its perfectly natural, resulting (I suppose) from the beetle's own secretions.

cool! doesn't look familiar, although must be akin to cariosus
we're still short of some 30 spp. in the guide

Moved from Beetles.

 
Thanks, I am slow!
If it ever stops raining, and when it warms up again. I will hopefully add on to the missing ones!

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