Length: 12 - 25 mm in this family
Length: 12 - 18 mm in this species
Beetles in Rhipiceridae are elongate and coarsely punctate. Males have flabellate antennae (like a Japanese fan). The scutellum is not hidden. The tarsal formula is 5-5-5, and the tarsomeres are heart-shaped (Evans 2014).
Sandalus petrophya is found across much of the eastern United States, but is not found in Canada or Mexico.
In Beetles of Eastern North America (2014), Arthur Evans comments that "Several undescribed species of Sandalus occur in the Southeast."
These beetles are found flying and perching on hardwood trunks in July and August.
Photo data: 26 July 2012. Male beetle. Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia.