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Notable beetle records from Germany

Records, photos and text by C. Benisch, 2008–2016

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18.05.2013 (published on 22.05.2013)
Record of Blaps lethifera near Neuleiningen (Anterior Palatinate)
Blaps lethifera
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On May 18th, 2013, a male specimen of the darkling beetle Blaps lethifera was found near Neuleiningen under a stone. The species is of palearctic distribution, from Europe over Asia Minor and the Caucasus to Siberia. In North America it is present as adventive species. In Germany, B. lethifera is mainly synanthropic in warm stables, cellars and stores, but also found outdoor on warm slopes, which underlines its original thermophilic character. They feed on decaying plant matter. In Germany B. lethifera is not classified as endangered, but it has suffered considerable losses due to changes in agriculture and housing development.


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