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Patent-leather beetle

Odontotaenius disjunctus


1.5 inch long beetle that is shiny black and has long grooves on their elytra. I found this one walking along a walking path. They prefer to walk rather than use their wings. Short video:


Spotted at the Garvan Woodland Gardens.


Adults are more commonly found in or under rotting logs of oak and elm - their main food source.

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1 Comment

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

I wonder how it stays so super shiny. ;-)

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Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Oct 6, 2019
Submitted on Nov 10, 2019

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