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Soldier beetle

Trypherus frisoni


Roughly 8-10 millimeters, colored as shown. Note short elytra (wing covers), exposing the hind wings. This is quite possibly a wasp mimic.


Weedy roadside with deciduous trees (cottonwood mostly).


Map location is approximate.

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1 Comment

JanelleL.Streed 8 years ago

Wow, really?!! I never would have guessed beetle for this fellow. Perfect wasp-type mimic. Made me curious what the actual definition was for Beetle and it says, "an insect with hard front wings that cover the membranous hind wings when these are folded" so beetles don't have to have some sort of shell or hard body other than "hard front wings"? How interesting... "-)))

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Libertyville, Illinois, USA

Spotted on Jun 26, 2011
Submitted on Feb 5, 2014

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