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I collected this insect near Pena Blanca Lake during Bugguide Gathering 2013
. I've ID'ed it as Parabacillus hesperus
since the Parabacillus Info page
states that it is found in southern AZ, and that the only other species in our area (P. coloradus
) occurs northeast of this.
Note that right leg II is significantly shorter than left leg II. This is developemental defect (vs. a perspective illusion). The specimen was desiccated with and retains a relatively flat profile. It is supported by two 0.003 inch diameter tungsten wires, to which it is glued with Bioquip #1157 insect repair adhesive on its dorsal surface.
This image is from a CombineZP
processed stack of 32 images with a 637 µm step taken with a Nikon 200mm F/4 AF-D ED-IF Micro Nikkor macro
set to F/8 + Nikon D810 camera.