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Calotarsa - Calotarsa insignis - male

Calotarsa - Calotarsa insignis - Male
Near Sacramento, California, USA

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Calotarsa - Calotarsa insignis - male Calotarsa - Calotarsa insignis - male

What are we looking at?
Is this a hind tibia/tarsus?

 
tarsus
it is the hind tarsus which has the modification, the tibia is only slightly thicker (that is the long part on the bottom of the picture). There is a nice paper about these ornaments in flies which you can download from
http://www.fcla.edu/FlaEnt/fe80p142.pdf
Cheers
Martin

Amazing!
Life is more complicated and more beautiful than we could ever even imagine!

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