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Unidentified Carabid
Unidentified Carabid  
Hi Eric,

I was looking for someone to help see if I can get an insect identified. Just a few hours ago, a fellow colleague came into the office and showed me the attached picture.

Iíve gone back to the site to look for the insect but it is nowhere to be found. Size is about 1 inch.

I wasnít too sure what it was but from my past training on entomology i would think it was a carabid of sorts...?? only thing is i've never seen a carabid with such distinctive features as this one so i have no clue on the genus and species. Actually i'm not even sure if its a carabid.. i guessed that purely based on the antenna.

I am based in Singapore and I know the beetle diversity is immense in asia and if it is not possible to get this identified, could you direct me to someone that has expertise in this area?

Thanks Very Much.

Regards,

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Jus:

Well, this is distinctive enough that even I can find it.  It is actually a type of blister beetle in the family Meloidae, genus Synhornia :

http://www.meloidae.com/en/pictures/351/

I'll let you do a little more digging to find out more about it :-)

Hope that gets you started anyway.  Thanks for sharing the awesome image!

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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