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Small red beetle with hemi-ellipsoidal body, lacking markings on its upper abdomen or thorax, ~ 5 mm length overall.
Pacific Northwest suburban area.
Spotted on a the stalk of a weed growing next to a sidewalk. Note the dull beige or pale yellow-brown seed- or grain-like structures in the notch of the weed stalk just below the beetle. It might just be a coincidental proximity, but they seem to be the focus of the beetle's attention.