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  • Hister Beetle - (Acritus spp.)

    Hister Beetle - (Acritus spp.)

    Hister Beetles do not hiss or make noise. They are tiny scavengers that take advantage of their situation.

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    Staff Writer (1/21/2014): There are a large variety of Hister Beetles and most species have not been studied. These tiny beetles can be found making homes anywhere and out of anything. They are so small, when they tuck their legs under themselves, they can be mistaken for tiny black seeds. This could be a defense mechanism.

    Some species live in trees, others in abandoned rodent burrows. Some species eat only fungi, while others eat anything they can find including animal dung and rotting produce. The family of Hister Beetles has been efficient at carving out a niche for its individual species, varying it based on each beetle's environment and circumstances.

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    Hister Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Hister Beetle
    Scientific Name: Acritus spp.
    Other Names: Clown Beetle

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Histeridae
           Genus: Acritus
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 1mm to 10mm (0.04in to 0.39in)

    Identifying Colors: black

    Additional Descriptors: small, seeds

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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