California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Ischnosoma hospitale
Scientific name: Ischnosoma hospitale (Fall)
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What it looks like:
3.7-4.7 mm in length. Its body is oval-shaped, elongate, and shiny reddish-brown. It has short elytra and long, slightly clubbed antennae. The exposed abdomen is covered in long, dense, bristle-like hairs. Its legs are long and robust.
Where you'll find it: This species only occurs in California near the coast.
Natural History: These beetles are found in a variety of leaf litter, ranging from maple to laurel to oak. They appear to be most active from January through April.
This page was written by Maren Farnum, a 2005 California Beetle Project intern.