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Apiocerid from Lower Colorado River - Apiocera - male

Apiocerid from Lower Colorado River - Apiocera - Male
Across the Colorado River from Needles, and a few miles south, Mohave County, Arizona, USA
August 3, 2015
Found perching on the shore of the river. Unfortunately a small somewhat blurry pic, as this was the only (fairly distant) shot I got before it flew. But apiocerids are rare and always of interest, so I'm posting it despite the less than desireable quality.

Wish it were easier to ID these but the key in Cazier(1) focuses on aspects of terminalia not visible in most photos. It does however include detailed descriptions and discussions of all taxa treated...including known range and ecological info (as well as numerous figures of abdominal patterns, and more) which can help narrow things down...if one has the wherewithal to dig through all those pages of the monograph.

Another image of likely the same individual
I just ran into a Flickr post from Alice, my field companion on the trip. It's a much better shot than's a link to Alice's full-size image (pan to the lower center to see the "apio").

We usually enthusiastically share our finds when we're within earshot and both photograph a given subject...but we'll also wander off and explore independently. In this case we both happened upon the apiocerid separately, a few minutes apart but in the same locale. I think it's most likely the same male, and if not, almost certainly the same species.

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