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Bluish Darkling beetle

?Pterohelaeus sp.


About 22mm long. Some weird stuff apparently pouring from the eye? Blue and other tints through elytra. Short moniliform antennae tucked under. Nine or ten striae. Pale underbody. Tips of gold setae on legs.


On a stone wall at night under lights at the local school.


Yet to search families ...
Tenebrionidae -> Pterohelaeus spp.?
...and I really am curious about the 'eggs' stuck on the back of the eye ?? (see last pic)

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StephenSolomons 6 years ago

You got some good close ups. If it going to be identified the images are there to do it

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Heh.. yep strange face on this one. Can't sort out species because of that face..

StephenSolomons 6 years ago

This one looks a little alien. Men in Black kinda thing :-)

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 15, 2014
Submitted on Mar 15, 2014

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