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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Southeast Minnesota
August 21, 2016 9:12 pm
Hey bug man,
I recently started finding these guys all over my walls around the house. Any ideas what they are?
Signature: Curiousaboutabug

Possibly Antlike Flower Beetle

Possibly Antlike Flower Beetle

Dear Curiousaboutabug,
Your description did not make it clear if you are finding these beetles “all over my walls around the house” indoors or out of doors.  We believe this is an Antlike Flower Beetle in the genus based on BugGuide images like these BugGuide images of
Notoxus desertus.

I apologize. They are inside my house. We see them mostly at night. Thank you for your help.

Perhaps they are being attracted to lights as this BugGuide posting indicates.

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Subject: Salt Marsh Beetle
Location: San Diego County (San Elijo Lagoon)
February 4, 2014 6:04 pm
Dear Bugman,
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.
Thank you!
Sincerely,
Signature: Shelby Rinehart

Ground Beetle

Beetle

Hi Shelby,
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?

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Beetle

I don’t have the specimen in front of me, but if I recall it was less than 5mm in length.

Eric Eaton Responds
Hi, Daniel:
This looks more like something in the Anthicidae (Antlike Flower Beetles) to me.  Nice series of images considering how small the subject is.
Eric

Ed. Note:  See BugGuide for more information on Antlike Flower Beetles.

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