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Clerid Beetle

Eunatalis porcata

Description:

This dark clerid beetle was about 15 mm long. Elytra showed small subquadrate pitting. The body seemed to be covered with short setae that made the beetle look grey. The legs were the same colour except for the tarsi that were brown. I assume that the dotted structure below the eye in Pic 2 is a partially visible antenna.

Habitat:

Spotted under bright lights in a suburban area

Notes:

The larvae of these beetles feed on larvae and pupae of other insects. Family: Cleridae

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2 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Yes, like Minoan figurines.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

That leg arrangement is fascinating. I think we must turn one over to see how it's built.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 18, 2014
Submitted on Feb 19, 2014

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