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Sap-feeding beetle

Nitidula ziczac


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


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.


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

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

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

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