Desert Stink Beetle - (Eleodes spp.)
The Desert Stink Beetle can secrete a foul-smelling odor if threatened - similar to the defense mechanism of a skunk.
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The Desert Stink Beetle is also known by the name(s) of: Head Stander Beetle; Skunk Beetle.
It is typically 0.9 inches to 1.3 inches (25mm to 35mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: black; shiny; antenna; smell.
This insect can be found in the following North American states / territories: Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina;Tennessee; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec.
*Please note that the states/territories listed above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Desert Stink Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Desert Stink Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.