Saturday, February 7, 2009


This insect was found in the La Verne area, and was somewhat difficult to key because it only had one remaining antenna and that antenna was hidden underneath it's head. This specimen is pretty small, no longer than 10mm.

Coleoptera; Polyphaga; Scarabaeiformia; Hybosoridae; Hybosorinae; Hybosorus illigeri
Common Name: European Hybosorus Scarab

This insect is known as a scarab-like scavenger beetles. They eat rotting plant material, dung, fungus, and carrion. Some members of the family are able to roll up into a ball. Average length is 5-7mm, color light brown to black. Many species are not very well known.

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