California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Sepedophilus castaneus
Scientific name: Sepedophilus castaneus (Horn)
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What it looks like:
1.9-2.3 mm in length. It's body is wide near the head and narrow at the tip of the abdomen. It is yellowish-brown with very short elytra and clubbed antennae.
Where you'll find it: These beetles are a common western species ranging from Washington to California. They can be found along the coast, in the Sierras, and in the Central Valley.
Natural History: They appear under pine and oak bark and rotting forest detritus and have even been found in wood rats' nests.
This page was written by Maren Farnum, a 2005 California Beetle Project intern.