Bess beetles

Also callcd betsy or patent-leather beetles, these species are shiny black or dark brown with a parallel-sided, flattened body. The elytra have noticeable striatums, and many species rarely fly.

• LIFE Cycle Eggs are laid ill dead wood. Adults and larvae live together in rotten tree stumps and logs. Adults chew wood into pulp for the larvae to eat; the cellulose is digested by fungi in the gut.

• ()ccl jrrence Primarily tropical regions. Mainly in wooded areas of South America and Southeast Asia. Some are found inside leaf-cutter ant nests.

• REMARK Adults make sounds by rubbing their hindwings against the abdomen. These are used for aggression, mating, and keeping in touch with larvae.

• elongate body

aljlacocyclljs parryi has a flattened body that allows it to dig through detritus and under bark.

LARVAE have short, thick hindlegs, which are scraped against ridges on the middle legs to produce sound.

mandibles point forwards •

omblike

LARVAE have short, thick hindlegs, which are scraped against ridges on the middle legs to produce sound.

mandibles point forwards •

omblike

¡hiny black oloratioti alhacocycu's SPECIES are well represented across Southeast Asia. Individual species look very similar, and detailed examination is required for correct identification.

¡hiny black oloratioti alhacocycu's SPECIES are well represented across Southeast Asia. Individual species look very similar, and detailed examination is required for correct identification.

Acf.raius rechdhns has curled, ten-segmented antennae and a short peg on the head.

I ,ARVAE are often slightly flattened in shape.

Length i/M_'/4jn (0.5-6mm), most under '/«in (3mm)

Larval feeding habits ^

0rder COLKOPTKRA

Family pyROCHROIDAK

No. of species j c;o

Length </4_y4¡n (0.6-1.8cm)

Larval feeding habits ^

0rder COLKOPTKRA

Family KlIIPIPMORIDAE

No. of species 4^)

0rder COLKOPTKRA

Fami|y PSELAPIIIDAE

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