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Aclera puncticollis

Aclera puncticollis

Here's another species in the family Oedemeridae, the false blister beetles


Acmaeodera prorsa

Acmaeodera prorsa

Here's another member of the family Buprestidae. This species is really common on Mount Diablo


Acmaeodera tubulus - Metallic Wood-Boring Beetle

Acmaeodera tubulus - Metallic Wood-Boring Beetle

My first Buprestid! Metallic Wood-Boring Beetles are some of the prettiest beetles you'll ever find. They range from a couple millimeters like this to being quite large in the tropical genera. I've been finding these on flowers a lot lately. I guess when it rains it pours!

Family Buprestidae


Amphicerus bicaudatus

Amphicerus bicaudatus

Not the best photo, but this is a member of the family Bostrichidae, the powder-post beetles (I don't know why they're called that)


Anthaxia sp - Metallic Wood-Boring Beetle

Anthaxia sp - Metallic Wood-Boring Beetle

This is another Buprestid, though not the prettiest of its members.


Anthrenus sophonisba - Carpet Beetle

Anthrenus sophonisba - Carpet Beetle

This is a tiny tiny beetle, only a millimeter or so, and when they enter your house they can cause quite a lot of damage. Worst of all, is that they'll reduce an insect collection to dust if given the chance.

Family Dermestidae


Batyle sp - Longhorned Beetle

Batyle sp - Longhorned Beetle

Another pretty Cerambycid with a tiny Weevil bonus :-)


Cafius sp. (Rove Beetle)

Cafius sp. (Rove Beetle)

Rove Beetles of this genus are often found under kelp on beaches, which is where this was photographed.

Family Staphylinidae (Rove Beetles)


Centrodera spurca (Douglas Fir Borer)

Centrodera spurca (Douglas Fir Borer)

This Douglas Fir Borer gets its name for the habit of having its larva layed in Douglas Fir, which then bore their way out.

Family Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)


Chlaenius sericeus - Vivid Metallic Ground Beetle

Chlaenius sericeus - Vivid Metallic Ground Beetle

Pretty Carabid in the subfamily Harpalinae, pretty common under driftwood on some sand dunes in OK


Cibdelis blaschkei - Darkling Beetle

Cibdelis blaschkei - Darkling Beetle

Finally ID'd as a Cibdelis sp

Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetle)


Coccinella septempunctata (Seven-spotted Ladybeetle)

Coccinella septempunctata (Seven-spotted Ladybeetle)

The quintessential Ladybeetle, this Seven-spotted Ladybeetle is found throughout the US.

Family Coccinellidae (Ladybeetles)


Coccinella trifasciata subversa (Three-banded Ladybeetle)

Coccinella trifasciata subversa (Three-banded Ladybeetle)

This is a subspecies of the normal Three-banded Ladybeetle, having only one band instead of the usual three.

Family Coccinellidae (Ladybeetles)


Coelus ciliatus (Dune Beetle)

Coelus ciliatus (Dune Beetle)

Of the 4 species in this genus, this Coelus ciliatus is the only one unendangered. Found it by digging under some beach grass on a sand dune.

Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)


Copidita quadrimaculata (False Blister Beetle)

Copidita quadrimaculata (False Blister Beetle)

These False Blister Beetles are common under driftwood on the beach.

Family Oedemeridae (False Blister Beetles)


Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer)

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer)

Believe it or not, this is a ladybeetle. More specifically it's the immature form of a ladybeetle called a Mealybug Destroyer. Ladybeetles, like all beetles are what are known as Holometabolous, meaning that they go through a complete metamorphosis and that the larva look unlike the adults.

Family Coccinellidae


Cyclocephala sp. (Rhinoceros Beetle)

Cyclocephala sp. (Rhinoceros Beetle)

This common genus of Scarab Beetle is often found coming to lights.

Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)


Cyrtophorus verrucosus (Long-horned Beetle)

Cyrtophorus verrucosus (Long-horned Beetle)

This small Cerambycid doesn't have a common name. Saw quite a few of these on this small tree that was in bloom.


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (Spotted Cucumber Beetle)

Diabrotica undecimpunctata (Spotted Cucumber Beetle)

This Cucumber Beetle was found hanging out inside this flower.

Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)


Eleodes parowanus

Eleodes parowanus

ID'd on Bugguide.net as E. parowanus.


Eleodes sp

Eleodes sp

Here's another species of Tenebrionid in the genus Eleodes


Eleodes sp. (Darkling Beetle)

Eleodes sp. (Darkling Beetle)

The large Darkling Beetles are often seen crossing bare ground both during the day and particularly at night.

Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)


Euphoria sepulchralis

Euphoria sepulchralis

This is a flower chafer. This is not the prettiest member of the genus.


Eurhinus magnificus

Eurhinus magnificus

This is an introduced species of Weevil that is now found in Florida. Very pretty.
Family Curculionidae


Hippodamia convergens (Convergent Ladybeetles)

Hippodamia convergens (Convergent Ladybeetles)

This huge congregation is just one group of several thousand found along a forest trail in the redwoods of California.

Family Coccinellidae (Ladybeetles)


Labidomera clivicollis - Swamp Milkweed Beetle

Labidomera clivicollis - Swamp Milkweed Beetle

This little Chrysomelid was found, not surprisingly, on Swamp Milkweed, its host plant


Listrus sp.

Listrus sp.

Unfortunately the resolution of this image is the only one I have available due to cropping the image.

Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)


Monochamus scutellator - Pine Sawyer

Monochamus scutellator - Pine Sawyer

Not the best photo of this large Cerambycid, but they're cool so I thought I'd add it.


Mordellus sp (Tumbling Flower Beetles)

Mordellus sp (Tumbling Flower Beetles)

Don't know too much about these small beetles except they're easily distinguishable by the spiky tip to the abdomen.

Family Mordellidae


Neopyrochroa femoralis - Fire-colored Beetle

Neopyrochroa femoralis - Fire-colored Beetle

This is a interesting little family called Pyrochroidae. The beetles in this family are characterized mainly by the large, fibrilose antennae. I found this at a fluorescent light.


Nicrophorus defodiens (Carrion Beetle)

Nicrophorus defodiens (Carrion Beetle)

This is the melanistic form of Nicrophorus defodiens, a Silphid Beetle that feeds on carrion and lays its eggs in it.

Family Silphidae (Carrion Beetles)


Odontotaenius disjunctus - Bess Beetle

Odontotaenius disjunctus - Bess Beetle

This is a largely tropical group in the family Passalidae, the major North American species is this one, though there are a few more in southern Texas.


Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Black Vine Weevil)

Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Black Vine Weevil)

This is a member of the largest family of animal in the world; the Weevils, from the family Curculionidae


Podabrus pruinosus (Soldier Beetle)

Podabrus pruinosus (Soldier Beetle)

A very common Soldier Beetle in my area, often seen coming to lights at night.

Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)


Promecognathus sp

Promecognathus sp

Now this is an interesting species of beetle. It's a ground beetle, from the family Carabidae, which is normal enough. What isn't normal is that this feeds on millipedes. Now this wouldn't seem like a big deal, except that most millipedes use cyanide as a defensive mechanism, and thus contain it in their bodies. Now I don't know this for certain, but I am supposing that this beetle is immune to cyanide's rather lethal effects. THAT is really cool!


Psyllobora vigintimaculata (Twenty-spotted Ladybeetle)

Psyllobora vigintimaculata (Twenty-spotted Ladybeetle)

This is a tiny ladybeetle (2mm or less) that is from a much less well known genera than the usual Coccinella, Harmonia, or Hippodamia. Apparently being tiny is not an uncommon trait, in fact most ladybeetles are, the ones we notice are the exception rather than the rule.

Family Coccinellidae (Ladybeetle)


Sinodendron rugosum - Stag Beetle

Sinodendron rugosum - Stag Beetle

This is a male Stag Beetle, in the family Lucanidae, it's also what is known as a Major Male, with much longer horns


Stenocerus vestitus

Stenocerus vestitus

This is something in the subfamily Lepturinae, and the flower looks like a Sidalcea or something close in the family Malvaceae


Tetraopes tetrophthalmus - Red Milkweed Beetle

Tetraopes tetrophthalmus - Red Milkweed Beetle

Here's a pretty long-horned beetle resting on its host milkweed plant. They're pretty common in Kansas


Toe-winged Beetle

Toe-winged Beetle

This small beetle is often found near water and is very distinctive due to its unusual antennae. I haven't been able to get this individual down further than Family level.

Family Ptilodactylidae (Toe-winged Beetles)


Trichiotinus sp.

Trichiotinus sp.

Here's another pretty scarab. This is probably T. piger, but I can't tell