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Mating Soldier Beetles

Podabrus rugosulus


Beetles are almost entirely black, with edges of the pronotum, mouth parts and genitalia being orange.




It was quite a feat of acrobatics to watch these two mating, even while I caught them. One is just being dragged along behind the other: that takes some skill. The female is 11 mm in length, and the male is 8.5 mm. A common species and probably a firefly mimic, found at Barbara A. Beiser Field Station.

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Ohio, USA

Spotted on May 24, 2011
Submitted on Dec 25, 2011

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