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Hister Beetle (Various spp.)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Hister Beetle

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Hister Beetles are tiny scavengers that take advantage of whatever environment they find themselves in.

Updated: 08/17/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
There are a large variety of Hister, or Clown Beetles, and most species have not been studied. These tiny black beetles can be found making homes anywhere and out of anything. They are so small that when they tuck their legs in under themselves, they can be mistaken for tiny black seeds. This could be a defense mechanism for them.

Some species of Clown Beetle live in trees; others live in abandoned rodent burrows. Some species eat only fungi, while others eat anything they can find including animal dung and rotting produce. Clown Beetles have been efficient at carving out a niche for each of species, maximizing survival in each beetle's environment and circumstance.

Known Diet of the Hister-Beetle

decaying produce; rotting wood; fungi

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Histeridae
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          Genus: Various
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Various spp.
Other Name(s): Clown Beetle
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 1mm to 10mm (0.03" to 0.39")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black
Descriptors: small; seeds; clubbed antennae; red spots; squared

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 1mm (0.0in) and 10mm (0.4in)
Lo: 1mm
Md: 5.5mm
Hi: 10mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Hister Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Hister Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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