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Lacconotus Sp? - Lacconotus pinicola - male

Lacconotus Sp? - Lacconotus pinicola - Male
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
June 10, 2007
Size: 5.5 mm
This guy came to the UV light in the backyard. I wonder if anyone can say if this is Lacconotus pinicolus or L. pallidus? The underside shows that it is a male with a very fine golden fuzzy patch on the 2nd ventral abdominal segment.

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Lacconotus Sp? - Lacconotus pinicola - male Lacconotus Sp? - Lacconotus pinicola - male

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Lacconotus pinicola...
...matches the MCZ type pic; pls make species page

Our second mycterid on bugguide!
What other collecting methods do you commonly use?

 
Mostly by hand
My main interest is bark and fungus beetles. So I do a lot of looking under bark and collecting fungi (I'm also a fungivore myself-yum!). UV lights everywhere I can and Berlese funnel continuously on detritus from weekly hikes in the mountains. Very little pitfall and flight intercept so far, but maybe this will increase in the future. I also love myrmecophiles, but have not been so successful with looking in ant nests. Still practicing my ant technique.

 
From what I've heard (read),
most of the newly found myrmecophiles have been taken with flight intercept traps. I once made a huge, suspended FIT that failed to produce where I used it in Ecuador and I haven't tried the technique since. But I undoubtedly should.

I do a lot of bark and fungus also and am looking forward to this spring and summer using one of my creations, a self opening/closing, front-mounted automobile bug catcher. (Why settle for a stationary FIT where the bugs do all the work when I can burn up gas and tires doing the work for them?) On a warm, humid, buggy evening it's said to yield an impressive quantity of beetles, many of which are species not attracted to light. I like to shoot them live so it will have an important advantage for me over a regular FIT setup, assuming it works as advertised.

I use UV in the field but at home it's all MV lights, mainly because it's simpler to plug in my MV setup than mess with the battery-powered UV bulbs.

Another of my half-completed projects is an array of cup-capacity Berlese funnels, each heated with an incandescent Christmas tree light bulb. When I get my projects up and running I'll post images and writeups in bugguide's equipment section.

 
other stuff
I recently tried making some cage traps to slide into gopher tunnels, based on a design someone mentioned. The gophers were not amused and I got almost nothing with a dozen traps. A few Staph only.
I've been to the Amazon quite a few times and got lots of great stuff by doing night walks on trails with flashlight. The UV was very good too as you'd expect.

 
Me too,
night walks in the jungle that is. But my best results were up at treetop level on a 30-meter steel tower with my UV lights and moth sheet. The majority of my Ecuadorian beetles were collected by that method.

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