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Páramo Pollen Beetle

Astylus aulicus

Description:

These beetles are very common throughout all páramos in Colombia, their larval form is extremely similar in pattern, and both are characterized by the presence of fuzzy hairs all over their bodies, an obvious adaptation to the cold climate.

Habitat:

Páramo (Tropical Alpine Thundra)

Notes:

Their life cycle seems to be very short, since their generations seem to alternate every two months.

1 Species ID Suggestions

thaptor
thaptor 5 years ago
Soft-winged Flower beetle
Astylus sp.


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2 Comments

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 5 years ago

Thank you for the suggestion! I'll be on the lookout for them, but when they are out, the adults are not, they alternate in presence, I'll have to wait,

thaptor
thaptor 5 years ago

please post the "larval form" next time you meet it!

It may be another kind of insect (beetle larvae almost never resemble the adults), but mimicry may be the case.

Nimbid Ditavi
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Nimbid Ditavi

Cundinamarca, Colombia

Spotted on Apr 4, 2017
Submitted on Apr 4, 2017

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