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Beetle with Red and Black Elytra : Nature Closeups

Beetle with Red and Black Elytra

July 7th, 2011 - 12:38 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 5 Comments

25mm body | July 2, 2011 | Monte Alegre, Minas Gerais, Brazil

I spotted two of these beetles, both on tree bark at the base of trees. I don’t have any of my references with me, so I can only speculate about the family. Tenebrionidae, perhaps?

Subjects: Beetles and Insects.
Places: Brazil, Minas Gerais, Monte Alegre, and South America.
Life Stages: Adult.
Taxa: Class Insecta and Order Coleoptera.
Colors: Black and Red.

5 Responses to “Beetle with Red and Black Elytra”

  1. Jon Quist says:

    This is a Ground Beetle, family Carabidae. I can’t take it any further than that though! Nice blog 🙂
    -Shield-Winged Insects

  2. Troy, do you have other photos? I’m counting 4 metatarsomeres, but it could be the camera angle and/or lack of details. As I’m sure you know, 5-5-4 is the typical tarsal formula for tenebrionids, so your initial guess may be right.

  3. Looks like Zophobas signatus, a darkling beetle. Nice specimen

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