|Velvety bark beetle - REK|
|Ventral view of the velvety bark beetle|
This is the Velvety Bark Beetle, Penthe pimelia, a rather insulting name as pimelia means fatty. It is a member of the Tetratomidae family of polypore fungus beetles. They are usually found under the bark of fungus infested rotting logs where they eat the fruiting bodies of fungi.
The other beetle was more more formidable, equipped with jaws that meant business. It was rapidly identified as a False Mealworm Beetle (Alobates pensylvanica)* by Blaine Mathison. The name false mealworm suggests a short future for some of the larvae which are raised for fish food in some aquariums. It is a darkling beetle, long and larger, its elytra shinning and dotted with small punctures. It is found under the bark of decaying logs where both the adults and larvae are predators of other rotting log insects.
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