Darkling Beetle

Armalia sp.

Armalia, Tenebrionidae, photo © by Mike Plagens

Dead branch brought indoors Sept. 2013. Beetle emerged in April 2014. Branch was Mexican Palo Verde (Parkinsonia aculeata).

Tenebrionidae, Pimeliinae -- Darkling Beetle Family

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Most darkling beetle species are obscure and not often seen. The exception being the large Pinacate Beetles. Many are small - this one was about 5mm long. It might be found inside a dead branch or on the soil.

 © by Mike Plagens

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