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Toro de Sol, Heliotauro de cuello rojo

Heliotaurus ruficollis

Description:

Heliotaurus ruficollis belongs to the Coleoptera order, Tenebrionidae family and Alleculidae subfamily. It is a flower lover beetle, acting as a big pollinator. Black head, red pronotum and elytra with weak blue sparkle, with longitudinal point lines. As the major part of Alleculinae (subfamily to which this species belongs) it is a sun loving beetle that feeds on flowers pollen. However, larvae are edaphic, they live under dead woods where they feed on vegetable debris, moulds and decomposing organic matter.

Habitat:

It is a very common tenebrionid in Mediterranean region. Spotted on Thapsia villosa inflorescence, mediterranean forest.

Notes:

Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec. f/32 ISO Speed Rating: 200. Focal Length: 90.0 mm.

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6 Comments

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Added to "Beetles!" misson

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks again Mayra

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Incredible!!! Congrats!!

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

I changed the ID to Heliotaurus ruficollis

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks williefromwi

williefromwi
williefromwi 8 years ago

Beautifully captured series

arlanda
Spotted by
arlanda

Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain

Spotted on May 29, 2012
Submitted on Jun 17, 2012

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