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Rainbow Beetle

Tarpela micans

Description:

16 mm; black beetle whose shell almost looks irridescent with red and green stripes

Habitat:

found underneath when removing canker worm prevention bands around Willow Oak tree

Notes:

perfect representation of aggregating behavior; also called gleaming darkling beetle; eeds on dead and decyaing material

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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Apr 16, 2017
Submitted on Apr 16, 2017

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