Subject: Strange bug
Location: Kwazulu Natal South Africa
December 9, 2015 7:49 am
Hi
Please can you identify the attached bug
Signature: Greg Griffith

Darkling or Ironclad Beetle

Darkling or Ironclad Beetle

Dear Greg,
We haven’t the time to do the research at this moment, but this is either a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae or an Ironclad Beetle in the family Zopheridae.  We will do additional research later today.

Update:  December 10, 2015
We believe we found this matching image on iSpot that is identified as a Darkling Beetle, and there is a really robust comment on the differences between Ironclad Beetles and Darkling Beetles that ends with this conclusion:  “I think the teneb in this observation belongs to the tribe Asidini of the subfamily Pimeliinae, but I don’t know the tenebs well at all.”

Location: Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

3 Responses to Darkling or Ironclad Beetle from South Africa

  1. Marcel Jouve says:

    Hi,
    Given the country of origin, I would rather suggest to look at the Curculionidae side, Brachycerini tribe.
    A picture with the profile would help.
    It might be a Brachycerus, but I wouldn’t be able to go to the species.

  2. Marcel Jouve says:

    Hi,
    Given the country of origin, I would rather suggest to look at the Curculionidae side, Brachycerini tribe.
    A picture with the profile would help.
    It might be a Brachycerus, but I wouldn’t be able to go to the species.

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