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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Nosodendron californicum


Scientific name: Nosodendron californicum Horn
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Bostrichoidea
    Family Nosodendridae

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What it looks like: 5.0-6.0 mm in length. This beetle is shiny, dark reddish-brown, and robust. The entire body is covered with shallow punctures and small tufts of rigid hairs are scattered on the elytra. Its antennae are short and clubbed, extending laterally from the head.

Where you'll find it: This species can be found in old growth pine forests throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Natural History: These beetles colonize slime fluxes that form from frost cracks or logging wounds in old-growth pine forests. In the winter they take shelter in big ooze puddles that form at the base of the trees.

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

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