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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Leiodes horni


Scientific name: Leiodes horni Hatch
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Staphylinoidea
    Family Leiodidae

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What it looks like: 2.9-4.0 mm in length. Its body is very robust and oval-shaped, with the head pointing downward. The entire body is reddish-brown, except for the elytra, or wing coverings. They are reddish-brown towards the head and darker brown as they extend back towards the end of the abdomen. The antennae are short and clubbed.

Where you'll find it: This species can be found from central California up through Oregon.

Natural History: Little is known about the habits of these beetles. They have been collected in laurel and oak-buckeye leaf litter. Most species in the same genus occur in low-vegetation, open areas, and feed on subterranean fungi.

This page was written by Maren Farnum, a 2005 California Beetle Project intern.

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