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Monotoma - Monotoma emarginata - female

Monotoma - Monotoma emarginata - Female
Hancock County, Indiana, USA
May 25, 2011
Size: 2 mm
Found expired underneath desk lamp.

Moved from Monotoma.

M. emarginata female
Just did the det. Lacks the characteristic female horn on the back of the head. New species page!

Muchas Gracias

De nada
My pleasure. Those Bactridium you sent are intriguing.

I wish I could get Monotomidae to expire under my desk lamp. That would make building my collection of them a bit easier. :)

Can you add a shot?
Of the neck - head-thorax junction region? It looks like a female. M. americana females have a small horn-like projection from the back of their heads. M. emarginata don't. From what I can see right now without higher-res, I'd say M. emarginata, female.

I can't tell either way
I'm at the limits of my magnification, so I can't get any more resolution than this. Looking at it from various angles, I can't see the projection you mention, but I just can't be certain.

I could send you the specimen if you'd like to ID it further. I have another Monotoma from FL and some Bactridium and Hesperobaenus that could use names as well. :)

I'd love to! If you could send them to:

Thomas McElrath
University of Georgia
413 Biological Sciences Building
Entomology Dept.
Athens, GA 30602

That would be awesome!

I'm traveling a lot for the next month or so, but I'll drop you an email when I get back.

americana, i presume

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