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Weird Darkling Beetle

Apocrypha sp.


Brown ant-like beetle with punctate elytra and thorax and covered in a sparse, fine, straight pubescence. The head was more hairy. 7mm in length. Family Tenebrionidae. This beetle looks much more like an ant-like flower beetle of the Family Anthicidae, however Apocrypha is still in the Tenebrionidae (although both families are in the superfamily Tenebrionoidea). It has been called a "weird Teneb" and "a surreal anthicomorph tenebrionid", which is just how I see it!


This beetle was running about on the ground at night. Semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 2,200 meters.


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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

What a little sneak. Nice job on the legs. Needs to develop an elbow in the antennae. Is it evolving a petiole? ;-)

armadeus.4 8 months ago

Great series Lauren! Very cool beetle. Thank you for sharing :) Liana

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San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.71, Long: -92.61

Spotted on Apr 28, 2019
Submitted on Apr 30, 2019

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