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March 12, 2014
Bug of the Day

Phellopsis obcordata - Eastern Ironclad Beetle (Zopheridae):

These beetles are deserving of the name ironclad; their elytra (shell) are incredibly hard, as anyone who's tried to push a pin through them can attest to. They can be found under shelf/bracket fungi in mixed wood forests.

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Eric R. Eaton, cotinis. (March, 2006). Info. In Species Phellopsis obcordata. Retrieved March 12th, 2014, from

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