Nitidulidae

Pronunciation:  [Knit⋅i·DUEL·i⋅dae]

Common Name:   Sap Beetles

Description:   Most sap beetles are small (2-6 mm in length) and oval or elongate oval in shape.   Their antennae are knobbed or clubbed.   Some species have short elytra, but fewer than four abdominal tergites are exposed.    Tarsi may be four- or five-segmented.   In those with five segments, the fourth segment is very small and bead-like.   Most sap beetles feed on decaying vegetable matter.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Clubbed or knobbed antennae
  2. Oval or elongate oval in shape
  3. Usually dark in color – occasionally with red or yellow markings

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Order:  Coleoptera