Location: Magaliesberg mountains, South Africa
January 14, 2013 4:49 pm
we found this plain black beetle in the Magaliesburg mountain on a hike in October (spring)
what is it?
Signature: Emer Mae
We thought we recognized this beetle as a Darkling Beetle we identified once before, so we searched our archives and found this posting of a White Legged Tok-Tokkie, Dichtha incantatoris. We cannot make out the legs in your photograph, but otherwise it looks identical. Perhaps the white legs on your individual are hidden under the body, or perhaps there are other Tok-Tokkies that do not have white legs. We are relatively confident that this is either a White Legged Tok-Tokkie or a relative in the same genus.
Dear Bug Man
Thank you so much for your quick, and detailed responses.
I am a Scout here in the South African Scouting Association and the identification of insects that I find on my hikes are very important to include when I submit hike logs and report back, etc.
I will definately be returning to your site, and advising everyone else in the movement to do the same!
Thank you so very much
We aren’t always so quick or so detailed. Your photos were very nice and they are a nice contribution to our archive.