Big, black teneb

Alobates pennsylvanica, called the "False Mealworm Beetle". I found under the bark of a fallen dead sweetgum in my yard. (I had let the tree rot in place, since it was in no danger of falling on the house. It was a great woodpecker tree for about a year.) Length about 18 mm.

EOL has this as Alobates pensylvanicus (one "n", masculine gender), as well as Alobates pennsylvanica (two "n's", feminine gender), and I'm not sure which one is correct--these spelling/gender variants are pesky!

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Taken on October 1, 2012