Location: Moyobamba area Peru
January 15, 2017 4:07 am
Please could you help ID this beetle we saw at Waqanki Lodge, Moyobamba, Peru – September 2016? Thank you
Signature: Lynne Demaine
We wish we could make out the detail on the antennae better as that is a big help in classification. We are pretty certain this is NOT a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, we also believe we can eliminate it being a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae. We are pursuing research that this is a member of the superfamily Elateroidea, possibly the Soldier Beetle family Cantharidae. While there are some similar looking Soldier Beetles pictured on Scielo, we were not able to locate a conclusive match. Perhaps our readership can assist with this identification.
Thank you Daniel for your quick reply – I will hope someone out there can ID it for me!
I have attached a second photo that I took – it does show one of the antennae slightly better.
Facebook comment from Tina
Plausibly Chauliognathus heros, a type of soldier beetle.
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Ed. Note: We also found a matching image on Project Noah of an individual from Costa Rica.