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What kind of species are those? I once got three Esuattus difficilis (I think that's how you spell it) from White Sands monu. and these kinda remind me of them

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The shinier one is my longtime pet Coniontis. I had it since summer.

 

The dull one is a new arrival which I have little idea about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And since Coniontis and Eusattus are both in the Coniontini, they are close relatives and obviously show the resemblance.

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The shinier one is my longtime pet Coniontis. I had it since summer.

 

The dull one is a new arrival which I have little idea about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And since Coniontis and Eusattus are both in the Coniontini, they are close relatives and obviously show the resemblance.

Wait, did you find it in a desert like place?

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Wait, did you find it in a desert like place?

Tribe Coniontini:

 

Coelus and Eusattus: dune specialists

 

Conisattus: Based on this, inhabits semiarid areas

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Norman_Woodley/publication/233676158_Diets_of_Darkling_Beetles_Coleoptera_Tenebrionidae_Within_a_Shrub-Steppe_Ecosystem/links/54b7d37a0cf269d8cbf54b1d/Diets-of-Darkling-Beetles-Coleoptera-Tenebrionidae-Within-a-Shrub-Steppe-Ecosystem.pdf

 

Coniontis: According to the Kaufman guide to insects and maybe a CA Evans guide, also inhabits semiarid places, but NOT arid deserts

 

 

So...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where did I find my current coniontis, you ask?

 

Dangling helplessly from an old web...

 

 

in the middle of Los Angeles.

 

https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2017/08/cs-11-i-find-coniontis-sp.html

(do read the comments, they are useful)

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Eusattus, yes. E.difficilis, possibly, I can't rule out all of the other species though, there are 4 I can not locate pictures of. Try getting some good dorsal shots and upload them to Bugguide.net, along with precise locality information. They may be able to ID it further for you! :)

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There is something very beautiful about that matte black exo.

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Indeed, I like my new matte darkling just as much as the Coniontis. At times, it is like a walking shadow...

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There is something very beautiful about that matte black exo.

IKR

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Second update: I get featured again on whatsthatbug, see above link

 

I will be updating the blog link regularly, so do check it often in the future

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