e_moon60 (e_moon60) wrote,

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Another new species

Thanks to someone else's post on an insect listserv, BugGuide.net, and texasento.net's beetle info page (with the county-level distribution maps)  I was able to ID a handsome little beetle that appears every year in cactus flowers around here.

   Meet the Texas Flower Scarab, Trichiotinus texana.   It's one of the "hairy" flower scarabs, though the furry white belly fluff doesn't show well in this photo.   I took this picture a year or so ago, but hadn't identified the beetle until today.  This picture doesn't show the branched antennae, but they're very cute.

Tags: beetle, insect, native, photography, reproducing, wildlife
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