Darkling Beetle

Subject: Unknown beetle.. Last before collection is complete
Location: Anne Arundel County, MD, USA
July 23, 2013 12:11 am
It doesn’t seem that anyone I ask knows what this particular pair of beetles are. They sure look common, but from my (limited) experience appear too large to be a common ground beetle. They are both the same, and were found in an old pile of wood. Their overall length is what I would estimate to be roughly one inch. If I remember correctly, they did produce a rather smelly fume, which hit me like a cup of coffee once I opened up their capture jar for freezer transfer.
Signature: Thank you, Josh

Darkling Beetles
Darkling Beetles

Hi Josh,
These are Darkling Beetles, and though we are not certain of the species, they do look similar to the genus
Neatus pictured on BugGuide which states they are found:  “under loose bark(2), in tree hollows.”

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