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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Oxylaemus californicus


Scientific name: Oxylaemus californicus Crotch
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Cucujoidea
    Family Bothrideridae

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What it looks like: 3.2-4.4 mm in length. Its body is cylindrical, elongate, and light reddish-brown. Its antennae are clubbed, with the last segment being prominently larger than all the rest. Both the elytra and the head have evenly spaced shallow punctures covering them.

Where you'll find it: This beetle is commonly found in the Pacific Northwest, extending through the Sierra Nevada into southern California.

Natural History: It is active in the summer months and most commonly found under older, dry coniferous bark. They may be netted flying near dusk on warm evenings.

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

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