Pinacate beetle

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Eleodes is a genus of darkling beetles commonly known as pinacate beetles or desert stink beetles. They are endemic to western North America, with many species found in the Sonoran Desert. The name pinacate is Mexican Spanish, derived from the Nahuatl (Aztec) name for the insect, pinacatl, which translates as "black beetle".

Pinacate beetle
Eleodes pimelioides adult dorsal.jpg
Eleodes pimelioides
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Tenebrionidae
Tribe: Amphidorini
Genus: Eleodes
Eschscholtz, 1829
  • Amphidora Eschscholtz, 1829
  • Ardeleodes Blaisdell, 1937
  • Blapylis Horn, 1870
  • Caverneleodes Triplehorn, 1975
  • Chaseleodes Thomas, 2015
  • Cratidus LeConte, 1862
  • Discogenia LeConte, 1866
  • Eleodes Eschscholtz, 1829
  • Heteropromus Blaisdell, 1909
  • Litheleodes Blaisdell, 1909
  • Melaneleodes Blaisdell, 1909
  • Metablapylis Blaisdell, 1909
  • Omegeleodes Triplehorn & Thomas, 2012
  • Promus LeConte, 1862
  • Pseudeleodes Blaisdell, 1909
  • Tricheleodes Blaisdell, 1909
  • Xysta Eschscholtz, 1829

The pinacate beetle is noted for its defensive tactic of standing on its head and squirting a noxious spray. This has earned it the additional names of clown bug and stink bug, names also applied to other unrelated insects.

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