Yellow Darkling Beetle

Most “darkling beetles” (tenebrionids) are black, as the name suggests, but this species (kiiro-kuchi-mushi) is bright yellow. I found this specimen among some dead leaves next to a vending machine at night (near Inunaki Dam).

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Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae (darkling beetles)
Cteniopinus hypocrita = kiiro-kuchi-mushi

2 thoughts on “Yellow Darkling Beetle

  1. Hi Nigel
    Those little red things on the beetle’s elytra in the last photo, are they mites? I’ve seen them on other insects around here.

  2. Hi Melody,
    Yes they are parastic mites. Very common on insects and spiders. I found one carabid beetle recently that had literally hundreds on it! I’ll put the photo on the site soon.

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