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

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2 Responses to Yellow Darkling Beetle

  1. Melody says:

    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. Nigel says:

    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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