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Clerid Beetle

Stigmatium sp.

Description:

This beetle would have been about 25 mm long with mostly black elytra and thorax. The body was covered with short stiff white setae which gave the beetle a mottled look. The apices of the elytra had bands of brown, white and black. The thorax tapered posteriorly. On the head was a crown shaped ochre-coloured pattern. Eyes appeared large. Antennal segments had bristles all along and ends were feathery. Mouthparts appeared to point downwards.

Habitat:

Spotted under the bark of a eucalyptus tree - ? species.

Notes:

A very active beetle which tried its best to get away and under undamaged bark. My thanks to bayucca for the ID. http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...

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2 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

Thanks so much Dominik. I believe you're right. Clerid was my first thought but wasn't sure. Thanks again.

bayucca
bayucca 3 years ago

This is a Cleridae, Clerid Beetle or Checkered Beetle, maybe Stigmatium sp.?
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:...
https://sites.google.com/site/beetlesofa...

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 18, 2017
Submitted on Nov 23, 2017

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