Borderland State Park, Northwest Trail   Leave a comment

There were no other cars at the trailhead, so I was happy to be able to visit my favorite insect hunting grounds.

But first a beautiful beetle found at home.  Arrhenodes minutus, a kind of weevil.

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EDIT: Identified by iNaturalist as Limonius basilaris.

I have been warned that most Elaterids really can’t be identified very well.  Still a beautiful creature.  *Could* be Sylvanelater cylindriformis.  But could be Hemicrepidius nemnonius.  The hind angles of the pronotum seem more like the latter; not sure about the “hairiness”.  And could be Cardiophorus gagates

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My first Psocoptera!!!  Polypsocus corruptus.

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A Geometrid, Hollow-spotted Plagodis, I think.

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Exciting!  This belongs to Coniopterygidae!  A relative of lacewings and ant-lions, but much smaller.

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Will probably never know which Diptera this is

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Cicindella sexguttata, Six spotted tiger beetle.

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Ichneumonoidae

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What a beautiful, beautiful lady (with a long ovipositor).  Odontocolon, in Xoridinae.  Wikipedia mentions that these have a tooth on the femur of the hind leg, which you can see in the photo.  It was suggested that these may be used to clean and comb the ovipositor.

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Leucauge venusta.  I just like getting to see the hairs on on the femurs of the IV leg.

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Tiphiinae, Tiphia sp.

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Ichneumonidae, Ichneumoninae.

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Oak leaf rolling beetle, Synolabus bipustulatus

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Philodromidae, Philodromus.   Beautiful shiny abdomen.  I turned off the flash for some of the shots to try to get the shininess better.  Two different individuals here, not adjacent to each other.

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Shiny!

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This beetle was dead.  Tenebrionidae, I think.  Tarpela micans.  Just enjoying the colors:

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Weevil, Curculinidae, Piazorhinus scutellaris

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Geometridae, Macaria bisignata.

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Hadrobunus sp. suggested by iNaturalist.

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These belong to Eulophus, a wasp in Chalcidoidea:

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A fascinating scene.   The big fuzzy mass, plus the brown bit at the end, are a Cottony Maple Scale.  The ant is a Tapinoma sessile, which has a mutualistic relation with the scale, taking care of it and taking the sugary secretions back to the nest.

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Sarcophagidae

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Blattodean (okay, a cockroach):

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Podabrus brevicollis?

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Ampedus collaris, red-headed click beetle.

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Posted 2020-06-20 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

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