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Brown beetle on Prickly-Pear - Nitops pallipennis

Brown beetle on Prickly-Pear - Nitops pallipennis
Bernard Field Station, Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 28, 2014
Quite a few of these small brown beetles were on Prickly Pear (Opuntia littoralis) in an area of coastal sage scrub at the Claremont Colleges' Bernard Field Station. I suspect they are Carpophilus pallipennis. Confirmation or correction will be greatly appreciated!

Moved
Moved from Beetles.

Yeah, good call
for beetle/bug identification purposes, it is advisable to post the all-important dorsal view first; oblique angles like here are of little, if any, diagnostic value, and, generally speaking, are to be avoided [or added to the dorsal]
also, there's no need to tell that the remarks are at the first image of the series, it's implied

 
Thanks!
Thanks for the ID confirmation and the posting tips. I had posted the oblique image first because it was better focused, but I've replaced it on this page with the dorsal view and frassed the oblique view. In the future, I will be sure to post the dorsal view first for any beetles and bugs.

I am never sure which views will be useful, so I probably post more than are needed. Please feel free to frass any that aren't helpful! A lateral view did turn out to be important for identifying the first bug I ever posted.

Although seasoned BugGuide users know to look under the first image for Remarks, I like the keep the pointer in for people who stumble on the image from a Google image search or in BugGuide itself. When I was new to BugGuide, it took me a while to figure out that there might be interesting and helpful remarks under another photo.

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