Hey there Beetlebums. Tried to do a detailed study of a beetle under the 'scope, first with a beetle families key, and then with an online key to genus. What I ended up with was a species of Syntomus. Now I don't expect an ID from a photo, but out of interest, just wanted to know if I am in the right vicinity, or if I am waaaaaaaaaay off. It was 3.5mm head to bum. Ta.
Hi Mark, smart looking thing, I'm sure Mr Telfer will be able to point you in the right direction.ReplyDelete
Question though... I can see some blurry shapes:-
Front left tibia (proximal end) pointing up.
Several projecting outwards from the rear.
Laboulbeniales or dirt?
Oh, that's just too cool for skool! I recall seeing tiny yellow "spikes" on a hibernating Harlequin Ladybird a year or two ago and wondering what I was seeing. Thought it must be dead, guess not though!ReplyDelete
On the nail Mark - Syntomus foveatus.ReplyDelete
I like Laboulbeniales, even though I can't ID them. Apparently they are STDs!
Well, bloody ummers! Cheers for that Mark. I am shocked that I managed to navigate the mysterious waters of a beetle key without heading down the wrong fjord. (think that this may have had a few moth scales stuck to it as it was in one of my moth pots!)ReplyDelete