Subject: Salt Marsh Beetle
Location: San Diego County (San Elijo Lagoon)
February 4, 2014 6:04 pm
I was exploring a spartina dominated salt marsh in southern California and found this little guy tucked within rolled up leaves of dead spartina plants. I was hoping you could help provide me some information on these guys.
Signature: Shelby Rinehart
Your photos are quite excellent. Thanks for showing so many views. This looks like a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae to us. We will check with Eric Eaton so see if he agrees before we pursue trying to identify the species. How large was this individual?
I don’t have the specimen in front of me, but if I recall it was less than 5mm in length.
Eric Eaton Responds
This looks more like something in the Anthicidae (Antlike Flower Beetles) to me. Nice series of images considering how small the subject is.
Ed. Note: See BugGuide for more information on Antlike Flower Beetles.