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False Bombardier Beetle

Galerita spp.


Bright orange and black beetle just under an inch long. This beetle has a black head, orange thorax and a black abdomen. The black abdomen is covered by elytra that have ridges running the full length. The beetle’s legs are the same color as its’ thorax. While the beetle’s head is black, its’ mandibles are orange and segmented antennae are both orange and black.


These beetles are found all across the United States. This one was found in our basement in Grand Island, Nebraska at 565 masl


Although this beetle was found in our basement I was able to get a good picture of it when I released it into our yard.

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1 Comment

Tukup a year ago

Great shot and series Watson5. Good original notes too. Thanks for sharing.

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Spotted on Mar 6, 2020
Submitted on Jul 1, 2020

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