Monday, October 26, 2009

Search tip, discovered by accident

This is a first. Not the beetle; I'm sure I've seen these around. But never before have I found what I was looking for on BugGuide in a matter of seconds.

A Minute Brown Scavenger Beetle (Latridiidae), probably Melanophthalma. With a grain of coarse sugar.

I usually put some descriptor in the search box; "tiny brown beetle", for example. And BugGuide takes its time, and gives me thousands of brown or black beetles, and a few things that aren't beetles at all. This time, I used the size: "beetle 2mm". And the match to mine came up immediately, on the first lot of photos.

Something to remember for next time.

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