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Unusual beetle

Observed: 20th March 2013 By: Allen Wood
Pedro 2_tn
Pedro 1_tn
Description:

Small hard crusted beetle plays dead when touched.
A third pair legs seem to be hidden in this pic, possibly broken or injured.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lily weevil (Brachycerus) interacts

Comments

Jonathan's picture

I see that this observation

I see that this observation is from South Africa. If you don't get an answer here, try it at ispot.org.za as well.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Richard Dickson's picture

A comparison from U.K.

In U.K. O. sulcatus has a roughly cylindrical thorax, rather wider at the front; the surface of the pronutum is covered with round, low, regular glossy tubercles; it has dark elytra with small patches of brown scale-like pubescence and no erect setae; and it has very robustly swollen front femora. None of which are apparent in your specimen.
Sadly, I would have no idea where to begin with your fauna. I'd certainly be quite keen on having one of these eating my garden plants. Good luck.

Richard Dickson