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21-JUN-2013 Christine Hanrahan

False darkling beetle (Dircaea liturata)

Fletcher Wildlife Garden

Several of us went mothing at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden last night. There were very moths, but lots of midges, caddisflies and various beetles, including a number of this species. They apparently are mainly nocturnal and often can be found at lights. They have an interesting shape and pattern, I think. Members of this family(Melandryidae), eat fungus or rotting wood, according to fellow PBaser Tom Murray, in his fantastic book "Insects of New England and New York".

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joseantonio22-Jun-2013 19:44
Very nice capture and lovely history to learn.V.
Torben Jorgensen22-Jun-2013 18:42
Interesting beetle. Nice to see the lightning paid off. V
Ulla Kruys22-Jun-2013 16:38
A fine capture of this interesting species! V
Jim Coffman22-Jun-2013 16:02
Another very interesting image,Christine.
Patrick Goossens22-Jun-2013 15:41
You always seem to find these strange but beautiful critters.
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