Friday Beetle Blogging: Notoxus flower beetle

Notoxus desertus - Antlike Flower Beetle

Pyramid Lake, Nevada

This furry little beetle comes with its own sun visor, a horn-like structure that projects over the head from the pronotum.  I photographed this Notoxus along the shores of Pyramid Lake where it was feeding on pollen.

Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60

ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, diffused twin flash

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Yay, Notoxis!

Are the horns for male battles?

They're easy to overlook. As their name implies, antlike flower beetles are ant-sized and generally inconspicuous. They aren't uncommon, though, and often appear at blacklights.

That's a good question. I have no idea- it seems very little is known about anthicids in general.

I'm an entomologist (ret.) and artist. I love this little guy. I did a pen & ink of one, years ago, spending many, many hours with one eye in a microscope!