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soldier beetle



medium-sized, black, with yellow and white markings, beside the wings. The wing-covers are rectangular, while the posterior of the abdomen appears to have a light-emitting organ. It has been suggested as the cantharidae family and as the species, Chauliognathus.


Dry tropical forest; pacific lowlands; wet season.


Observed in the daylight eating from the papaduro tree. Several flew into my vehicle. Photo only includes top side, and couldn't get a sharp focus, yet.

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1 Comment

bayucca 5 years ago

Could be a Cantharidae, Chauliognathinae?? Not sure... I also checked for Lampyridae, but could not find any resources or matches. I agree that it could also be a Lampyridae. Beetles are sometimes a real nightmare...

Indio Jones
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Indio Jones

Rivas, Nicaragua

Lat: 11.11, Long: -85.74

Spotted on Jul 23, 2012
Submitted on Jul 20, 2012

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