Monday Night Mystery

Tonight’s challenge: identify this adorable little beetle.

Points will be awarded to the first commentators to name the family (3 pts), genus (3 pts), and species (3 pts). Plus, two more points if you can tell me where I collected it. This species has a rather unusual habitat.

The cumulative points winner for the month of September will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here at Myrmecos on a safe-for-work topic of their choosing.

5 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery”

  1. I agree, it does look to be Aethina tumida.

    Argh. If they are all the way up to Illinois, I suppose it’s only a matter of time before they make it up here, so they’ll probably be getting in my beehives sooner rather than later.

  2. Just to play by the rules and maybe eek out a point: I’ll give supporting characters for why I agree with the family Nitidulidae.

    The head not concealed form above + 11-segmented antennae with abrupt club + oval, brown and flattened = nitidulidae (probably). Not apparent in the image is the shortened elytra with 2-3 abdominal segments extending beyond, 5-5-5 tarsi and small relative size.

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