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Sap-feeding beetle

Nitidula ziczac

Description:

About 3-4 millimeters in length, colored as shown. Note clubbed antennae, slightly abbreviated elytra (wing covers not reaching tip of abdomen).

Habitat:

Found on bones of a large mammal at bottom of a deep, narrow ditch. Surrounding habitat is heavily degraded shortgrass prairie in an urban setting.

Notes:

Most sap beetles feed on fermenting fruit or sap, but this species is known almost exclusively from carrion.

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BugEric
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BugEric

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Apr 9, 2014
Submitted on Apr 12, 2014

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