California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Nitidotachinus agilis
Scientific name: Nitidotachinus agilis Horn
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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.