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  Crossotus subocellatus

 

Nepal

Though found mostly in the region of northern Africa and the Middle East, this beetle, which is known only by its Latin designation Crossotus subocellatus, was spotted at Nawal Parasi in southern Nepal.

 

It has a body length of approximately 1.6 to 2.5 centimeters, and a pair of long, segmented antennae. It is overall greyish-brown, with some indistinct buffish spots, and a series of thorny bumps on its upper elytra.

 

  Crossotus subocellatus

 

  Crossotus subocellatus

 

It has a triangular head with large, black compound eyes, three elongated bumps and grooves in the centre and along the length of its thorax, and a W-shaped mark on its lower wing coverts. It usually dwells in dry and decaying wood of certain species of Acacia. See also List of Thai Insect Names.

See also WILDLIFE PICTURES.