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4-5mm long. Body is uniformly black and shiny, producing an iridescence that reflects various colors. Elytra with rows of deep punctures.
This beetle was found in an area that was formerly grasslands, but was devastated by the 2011 flooding of the Missouri river. The area is now an expanse of sand and silt with pockets of vegetation.
This is one of my favorite photos. When I took this picture, I didn't think much of it, a tiny black beetle, nothing of interest, probably too small for my camera to focus on. While reviewing my photos I was amazed to see the details on this beetle that I could not see with the naked eye. Hard to believe it could fit on a pencil eraser.