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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Nitidotachinus agilis


Scientific name: Nitidotachinus agilis Horn
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Staphylinoidea
    Family Staphylinidae

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What it looks like: 4.0-5.0 mm in length. Its body is tear-drop shaped, and rather flattened, with long, slender antennae. It has short elytra that leave most of the abdomen exposed. The abdomen has a combination of long and short hairs protruding from the edges. The legs are long and covered in short, bristle-like hairs. The entire body is shiny and displays varying shades of reddish-brown.

Where you'll find it: This species ranges from Oregon east to Idaho and down to southern California and Arizona.

Natural History: As adults, these beetles are mostly found in June and July and commonly occur in damp leaf litter near streams and ponds.

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

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