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Insect: Monster Tiger Beetles

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Insect: Monster Tiger Beetles

Unread postby Mads » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:37 pm

Hi Insect'mites,

I was wondering if you could help me with the identification of the following 2 beetles. Both have been photographed in the Punda area.

Beetle B was fighting with 2 other beetles over a dead shongololo.

Please help! :pray:
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:49 pm

Hi Mads.........As you might know, narrowing down Insects to a species is not always the easiest, as field guides don't provide the millions of insects, in a pocket size manual unfortunately :lol:

I think though, that Beetle A, is from the Family......Tenebrionidae........Known as your Darkling Beetles. But as for species, I am not sure.

Beetle B,

Is from the Family, Carabidae(Ground Beetles)......and the Sub-Family(Cicindelinae)....Known as your Tiger Beetles.

Your Beetle appears to be one of the Monster Tiger Beetles, from the genus Manticora.

Hope this helps?! :D

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