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Photo#98391
darkling beetle - Cryptoglossa muricata

darkling beetle - Cryptoglossa muricata
Mecca Hills Wilderness (North of Salton Sea), Riverside County, California, USA
March 15, 2007
Size: 1 1/2 inch
Very dry desert habitat, no trace of surface water and limited cactus/creosote scrub.

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Cryptoglossa muricata -- det. R.L. Aalbu

Moved

Moved
Moved from Darkling Beetles.

Moved
Moved from Beetles.

Possibly Genus Cryptoglossa (Death-feigning Beetles)
Did it "play dead?" It looks a lot like these: http://bugguide.net/node/view/38729

 
I handled it and it never pla
I handled it and it never played dead, altough it held still for a few seconds at a time. Its elytra was not as sculptured as the ones pictured for the Cryptoglossa genus, but could it still be in the same genus?

 
Definitely Cryptoglossa
The characters that seperate this genus in the published keys is not visible in this photo but this is definitely Cryptoglossa. This genus is slightly more elongate than its cousin Asblus, which contains the death-feining beatle.

 
For the experts
If "holding still" means "starting and stopping" behavior, then that could fit. I am just a fan of bugs, not an expert. I hope someone gives you a definitive ID.

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