California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Bitoma sulcata
Scientific name: Bitoma sulcata (LeConte)
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What it looks like:
2.3-3.1 mm in length. Its body is light to dark brown, with the head and pronotum usually being a bit darker than the rest of the body. The last segment (ninth) of its antenna is twice as wide as the eighth.
Where you'll find it: These beetles are common in the deserts from California to Texas and even down into Mexico.
Natural History: They appear in the oak zones in deserts, through lower canyons, and occasionally they will settle down in a packrat's nest.
This page was written by Maren Farnum, a 2005 California Beetle Project intern.