Elateridae, the family that Trehopr1 has recently shown us in one of his last posts, a family that I certainly like quite a lot but I do not usually see for sale on ebay, and I do not know why it does not detract in beauty from any other, not to mention that It has one of the most impressive antenna structures I have ever seen.
CAMPSOSTERNUS AURATUS 52mm
CAMPSOSTERNUS GEMMA 41mm
Spend more time to put those antennas than the whole insect but I think it was worth it, to see if the couple appears soon.
Love those pictures of your Elateridae Karan ! Once again some superbly mounted specimens. That one with those crazy antennae is especially cool and well worth the effort. I have that one also, but mine is in a bottle of 70% alcohol and I have to remove it and work on spreading it sometime...
Hello karen, my red colored Elaterid number goes by the name Semiotus sanguinicollis (Blanchard). The genus is of South American origins. I don't know the number of species but, I have seen specimens from Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil (although other countries probably have these boldly colored beetles). Of the several specimens which I have seen this one was the only Ferrari-red version. Others, were more orange in color with a couple being reddish/orange. The specimen is large-ish measuring either 42 or 44 mm (by memory).
I created a thread about it and it may be found on page1 of the Coleoptera section under "A Ferrari-red Semiothus".
I put some other "descent" threads and photo's under that Coleoptera section as well (pertaining to other beetles); so if you have not looked over there yet you might enjoy some of those as well !
Also, the eyed click beetles (elater's) pictured above belong to the genus Alaus; whilst the 4 pictured in photograph 5 belong to the genus Lycoreus from Madagascar. I should have said that only the specimens pictured in photo#4 and #6 remain undetermined by me to genus...
I really try to be as accurate as I can be if I mention species names or genera as I very much admire Adam's candid certainty about anything he places a name to on these threads.👍😊
Thanks for the extra information I have been checking the section that you have recommended and there are very nice things. And now that I know the name I will find my Ferrari beetle. Thanks also to Claude for the id.