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Violin beetle.......IMG_6260 copy

Violin beetle!!! First time seeing one for bear with me for posting so many shots of this rare beauty:)


Found it in Maliau Basin.


Maliau Basin Part I:


Maliau Basin Part II:


From wiki:

Violin beetles are ground beetles in the subfamily Lebiinae. [1]They live between layers of bracket fungi.


There are four species.


Mormolyce phyllodes Hagenbach, 1825 — Indonesia, Malaysia

Mormolyce borneensis — Borneo

Mormolyce castelnaudi Deyrolle, 1862 — Malaysia, Thailand

Mormolyce hagenbachi Westwood, 1862 — Malaysia


Edit: Mormolyce castelnaudi H. Deyrolle, 1862

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Taken on June 23, 2011