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  1. #1
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    Feb 2011
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    Seattle, Wa
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    Default Beetle Identification

    I found around 10 of these beetles last week in the back of the hive and crushed all of them. I went back in this week and found about 6 more, but found no signs of larvae anywhere. They are about 4-5mm and have several characteristics that match the SHB chart but the back wing area does not look *exactly* like pictures of the SHB and these look like they have two back sections behind the wings and seem more slender.

    The closest beetle I could match it to was Colopterus truncatus (small brown beetle) even though they look mostly black.

    Pictures:

    https://plus.google.com/photos/10484...CMftus2J8obeZQ

    Any thoughts on what they are and if they should I should be concerned about them?

    Thank you,

    - Jeff

  2. #2
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    Mar 2006
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    Seattle, WA
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    Default Re: Beetle Identification

    Hey Jeff...Richard from the "other" site here...You're looking at a member of the Silphidae Family, also known as Carrion Beetles.

    NOT small hive beetles and not a pest of your hives.

    Edited to add: Funny thing about the Silphid Family is they harbor more mites than our bees!
    Last edited by megank; 06-25-2012 at 01:38 AM.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Beetle Identification

    Thanks for the identification Richard! Good to know they aren't SHB or a typical bee pest and aren't planning to cause trouble.

    - Jeff

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    Default Re: Beetle Identification

    So, don't kill them.

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