Subject: Egyptian beetle
Location: Egypt, Wadi Degla
February 23, 2013 10:12 am
Hi Bug guy,
I live in Cairo, Egypt. When I walk in the desert there is one diurnal beetle I see a lot. Yesterday I saw 20 of them, three together at one place. They are noticeably long-legged, with grooved elytra. Can you tell me what family or genus this beetle is in? Thanks, Greg
This is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae. It reminds us of the Desert Stink Beetles or Acrobat Beetles in the genus Eleodes that are found in North America, and though we do not believe your beetle is in the same genus, you can see the more specific taxonomy provided on BugGuide. Your beetle looks similar to this Egyptian Darkling pictured on Getty Images and this Israeli Darkling on Media Focus.
Thanks! I had figured it was a teneb. If you find out anything else about it I’m interested. Thanks again, Greg