Friday, March 6, 2009


Yesterday I found this little guy on our kitchen floor. I almost pitched it out the back door, then I decided to get some photographs so maybe I could figure out an identification. Thanks only to my friend, biologist Mike Quinn, I now know that it's a clerid beetle of some kind. Bulging eyes are one characteristic of the "checkered" beetle family. From the little I read, clerid beetles help control infestations of southern pine beetles, which destroy pine forests.

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