Subject: Problem child
Location: Central Kalahari, Botswana
April 20, 2015 1:26 am
I am going through all the bugs that I collected during March and right now I have this little guy, who I would like to think is a species of a Bombadier beetle.
If it is possible I would love to get some help to get the species of the guy. It is a lot similar to Pheropsophus africanus, but with only two yellow/orange spots far back on elytra, which defers from P. africanus.
I hope you can help me 🙂
Signature: Mathias

Bombardier Beetle

Bombardier Beetle

Dear Mathias,
Your beetle looks identical to an image of a Ground Beetle from Saudi Arabia we posted  last year that we believe to be in the genus
Pherosophus, and we did link to an image of Pheropsophus africanus.  Perhaps one of our readers can confirm or correct that identification.

love how quick you are to reply, huge thumps up for that 🙂
I saw that post, while I was trying to get a name on it… The big
difference between the two is that elytra on my beetle stops right
after the two spots, where P. africanus goes further back and have a
slight yellow band on the edge of elytra.
Thank you for the help so far. I am crossing my fingers to get a species 😀

I have been looking at some other beetles today, and I found this site (http://www.beetlesofafrica.com/beetle_detail.asp?beetleid=610&page=1&count=y) ,
which could be the closest we can get to an answer 🙂
thank you for the help 🙂
mvh

Location: Botswana

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