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Darkling beetle, Toro de Sol

Heliotaurus ruficollis


Heliotaurus ruficollis belongs to the Coleoptera order, Tenebrionidae family and Alleculidae subfamily. It is a flower lover beetle, acting as a big pollinator. Black head, red pronotum and elytra with weak blue sparkle, with longitudinal point lines. As the major part of Alleculinae (subfamily to which this species belongs) it is a sun loving beetle that feeds on flowers pollen. However, larvae are edaphic, they live under dead woods where they feed on vegetable debris, moulds and decomposing organic matter.


It is a very common tenebrionid in Mediterranean region. Spotted on Thapsia villosa inflorescence, mediterranean forest.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/125 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: -1 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm.

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Spotted on May 31, 2013
Submitted on Sep 4, 2013

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