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Notable beetle records from Germany

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25.05.2009 (published on 08.07.2009)
Record of the myrmecophilous histerid Hetaerius ferrugineus in the Lampertheim forest
Hetaerius ferrugineus
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On May 25th, 2009, one specimen of the histerid beetle Hetaerius ferrugineus was recorded in the Lampertheim forst in South Hesse. The tiny species (1.5–2.0 mm) is myrmecophilous, it lives in the nests of various ant species. H. ferrugineus is xerothermophilous and can be usually found in ant nests on hillside situations with exposure to sunlight, preferentially in nests under pieces of wood, from which the beetle can be collected. The species feeds on dead and diseased ants. In Germany H. ferrugineus is classified as vulnerable (RL 3).


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