Venezuelan fuzzy beetle
January 29, 2010
This is in Andean cloud forest. High altitude valley, State of Merida, VZ. Near La Trampa. It appeared in the house… moved about 2 feet in 24 hours. Pictures taken in November 2009. Looks ancient and like something happened to it. about 1.3 inches long. Thanks!
Andean Cloud Forest, Merida, Venezuela
This sure looks like it is an Ironclad Beetle in the family Zopheridae to us. We are basing that hunch on the shape of the beetle and the form of the antennae. BugGuide has some images of North American species for comparison. Our second best guess is possibly a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae. The pubescence is surely an interesting feature, though our initial attempts at identifying your beetle have been fruitless. Perhaps one of or readers will have better luck.
Eric Eaton to the rescue
Yes, it is a beetle in the Zopheridae.