Variegated Mudloving Beetles

Family Heteroceridae

Identification: Shape and color distinctive: body elongate-robust; black or brownish, FW often with undulating yellowish bands or spots; densely pubescent. Front and middle tibiae flattened, outer margin spiny. Tarsi 4-4-4. Mandibles of cf extended forward, flattened. Antennae short, serrate. 4.0-6.5 mm.

Members of this small family live in galleries in muddy or sandy shores of streams and lakes. They may be driven from their burrows by flooding the shore with water. They often fly

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