The Darkling beetle Insect cellar or churchyard beetle, blaps mucronata, is often found in cellars and stables. It feeds on vegetable detritus. Length 0.8 inches (20 mm).
Darkling beetle Insect Facts:
Common name: Darkling beetles
Number of species: About 18,000 (about 1,300 us.)
Size: From about 0.08 in (2 mm) to about 1.4 in (3.5 cm)
Key features: Body form variable; color mostly dull brown or black, Darkling beetle Insect sometimes black and white or even fairly brightly colored; elytra usually wrinkled or ridged, often fused eyes almost invariably with a notch in the frontal ridge; antennae threadlike, beadlike, or with a faint club, almost always with 11 segments
Habits: variable, some species diurnal, running around conspicuously in daytime; many are nocturnal or live under logs and stones, Darkling beetle Insect others live in nests of termites, mammals, and birds or in stored food products
Breeding: In some species the males are horned and fight over access to females in many desert species males spend much of their time pursuing females over the desert eggs are laid fungi, rotting wood, and stored products or in the ground the shiny, cylindrical larvae resemble wireworms
Diet: Fungi, grains, field crops, wind-blown detritus, carrion, bat guano, rotten wood
Habitat: Most common in deserts (all but 140 of the 1 or so species from the US. are from the southwestern deserts); also in forests, houses, barns, stables, caves, and animal nests; some species live under seaweeds on the coast
Distribution: Worldwide; common in some of the world’s driest deserts where few other insects live.
Darkling beetle Insect Photos:
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