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Borderland State Park, again.   Leave a comment

Beautiful interplay of light and leaf.  I’m trying to get the crop right, so here are a few options.

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This Linyphiid (Neriene radiata, I think) caught a crane fly:

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Some more Atanycolus, I think:

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I believe that this is a tumbling flower beetle, Mordellistena trifasciata.

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Another Mordellidae member, not sure which:

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Hypsosinga, I think, but could be something like Steatoda instead?

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Probably an Oriental beetle, Anomala orientalis.

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This is an Evaniidae wasp.  If you think I was capable of identifying it by myself, you really don’t have any idea of my level of expertise!  It was waggling its abdomen up and down the whole time.  I don’t understand the behavior, but here’s what Wikipedia says:

“Evaniidae have the metasoma attached very high above the hind coxae on the propodeum, and the metasoma itself is quite small, with a long, one-segmented, tube-like petiole, and compressed laterally over most of its length (segments 2-8). The ovipositor is short and thin. When active, these wasps jerk the metasoma up and down constantly, as referenced in their common names.

And here’s an explanation I was given: ‘Basically the abdomen is flat attached basically on the top of the back end of the thorax through a thin waist and looks like a little flag that they move up and down thus “ensign wasps”.

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I think this Tenebrionid (darkling) beetle is a Haplandrus fulvipes.  Xylopinus is another possibility.

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Dolichopodidae, perhaps Condylostylus:

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Battaristis nigratomella, in Gelichiidae.

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Lovely Mutillid wasp female (aka velvet ant).  Pseudomethoca cf simillima.

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Posted 2019-07-28 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

Lycosidae, Schizocosa.

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Tumbling beetle, Mordellidae.  Mordella marginata?

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Long legged fly, Dolichopodidae.  Maybe Condostylus.

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Tiphiinae?

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Earwig, Dermaptera:

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Muscidae?  Sarcophagidae?  I may never know.

EDIT: “Well, wing veins rule out Oestroidea, including Sarcophagidae. So I’d start with Muscoidea.  https://bugguide.net/node/view/1122748/bgimage “

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Thomisidae, Misumena vatia.

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Four toothed mason wasp (Eumeninae, Monobia cf. quadridens) with gorgeous, gorgeous blue wings:

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Eastern Pondhawk:

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An uncanny resemblance to Homer Simpson:

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Laphria robber fly (Asilidae):

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Posted 2019-07-09 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized