Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pleocoma Gift

          A couple months ago, Sam went out to collect Rain Beetles (Pleocomidae: Pleocoma) and just happened to score a few specimens of Pleocoma tularensis. This was pretty exciting for either of us. What made this even more exciting, though, was that he gave me an A1 specimen right out of his vial.

Pleocoma tularensis Leach, 1933

This specimen filled in the seventh of 11 Scarabaeoidae families (at least in our area) in my collection. The other missing four are: Diphyllostomatidae, Glaresidae, Hybosoridae and Glaphyridae. Pleocomidae is especially significant because it exclusively occurs from southern Washington south to California, and reportedly, Baja California.

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