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Photo#95147
desert beetle - Eleodes hispilabris

desert beetle - Eleodes hispilabris
Sedona, Arizona, USA
March 31, 2006
Size: 2"/ 5 cm
Large beetle was found scurrying rapidly across desert ground (moving too fast to get a good pic). Last seen diving for some leaf litter (see 2nd pic). Thanks!

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desert beetle - Eleodes hispilabris desert beetle - Eleodes hispilabris

Moved, E.hispilabris...

Big One!
Yes, some Eleodes have heavily striated elytra like this one's. I'll defer to someone else to confirm genus/species.

Depending on how fast you can load images
one possibility is clicking on the b/w image of the beetle to the left. That will take you to the beetle info page where Phillip has put together a pictorial family guide. A quick scroll would lead one to likely choose Carabidae near the top or maybe more likely Darkling Beetles near the bottom. It's a nice way to narrow your search while you wait for one of the coleopterists to help with your ID.

 
ahhh!
Thanks! I overlooked the nice family guide on the beetle page. I think you may be right about it being a darkling - maybe Eleodes - like this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/52507

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