California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Xenicopoda helenae
Scientific name: Xenicopoda helenae
Moore and Legner
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What it looks like:
2.5-3.0 mm in length. It's body is reddish-brown, and covered in bristle-like hairs. The elytra are short, the eyes are large, and the clavate antennae are about half the length of the entire body. The males have very large claws on their front tarsus (foot).
Where you'll find it: It is endemic to California, ranging from San Luis Obispo County to Los Angeles County.
Natural History: Adults of these beetles are pollen feeders, commonly found on Ceanothus (California lilac). They are active in late winter to early spring.
This page was written by Maren Farnum, a 2005 California Beetle Project intern.