Darkling Beetle from Namibia

Subject: Namibian Beetle
Location: Namibia, Africa
November 1, 2016 7:16 am
Hello! I found this insect crawling on a petrified sand dune in Spitzkoppe, Namibia last April. I am having a very hard time identifying it. Thank you for your help!
Signature: Josh

Darkling Beetle, we believe
Darkling Beetle, we believe

Dear Josh,
We suspect that this is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, but though we have located several black and white striped African species online, nothing quite matches your lovely individual.  We couldn’t even locate a match on the Beetles of Africa site.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

Identification:  Cesar Crash provided us with this link to Margy Green Photo Design of Trachynotus sp. (Tenebrionidae) that sure looks similar.  This genus is not well represented on the internet and we did find a removed Ebay posting of a specimen for sale that was listed as “extremely rare.”

Hi Daniel,
Thank you so much for your response.  I’m glad to have some further clarification as to its identity.
Thanks again!

3 thoughts on “Darkling Beetle from Namibia”

  1. Daniel, a reader, Marquinhos, gave me a book called Besouros e Seu Mundo (Beetles and their World), written and illustrated by the brazilian coleopterist Celso Lima Godinho Jr. It has 1.400 illustrations of beetles from all over the world. I searched there Trachynotus. Searching in Google I found this single source: http://www.margygreen.com/keyword/Trachynotus%20sp./ The white in the elythra is not striking like this one, but certainly a match.


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