Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Odonteus obesus

Odonteus obesus is one of the two species of geotrupid scarabs most likely to be found in the Sierra Nevada (of California). It is about a centimeter long, is nearly black, and sports (in males) a prominent horn on its head. This individual is a female with little cephalic armature.

It came to a light last June at an elevation of about 5,000 feet near Shaver Lake (Dinkey Creek Campground) above Fresno. These compact scarabs are always fun to find.

The habitat was mixed Jeffrey pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir.

1 comment:

Jonathan said...

Pictures turned out nicely!! Incidentally, there are records of this species from Wasatch county, Utah. Maybe i'll get lucky enough to see this species again...