What’s this beetle?
Location: Los Angeles, CA
March 12, 2011 9:18 pm
Hi!
See these guys on my walks in the hills all the time. Slow movers, maybe 1-2 cm in length.
Located in Montecito Heights, Los Angeles.
(not too far from you 🙂
Thanks!
Signature: Aaron

Wooly Darkling Beetle

Hi Aaron,
This critter is a Wooly Darkling Beetle,
Eleodes osculans, one of the desert Stink Beetles.  They are often found ambling about in vacant lots and other open areas.  The erect red hairs that cover the body are a distinguishing feature of the Wooly Darkling Beetle.  You can see BugGuide for additional information.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you very much! I had incorrectly identified this guy as belonging to the Trichiasida genus, but I see he is definitely a Eleodes osculans!
These have been a common sight ambling along the hills around here, it’s nice to know who I’m walking with!
Many thanks
Aaron

Location: California

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