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Wedge-shaped Beetle - Ripiphorus? - Ripiphorus - female

Wedge-shaped Beetle - Ripiphorus? - Ripiphorus - Female
Pohick Creek Park, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
July 21, 2016

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Wedge-shaped Beetle - Ripiphorus? - Ripiphorus - female Wedge-shaped Beetle - Ripiphorus? - Ripiphorus - female

She's ovipositing in the flower head
Note how the sharply tapered posterior portion of the abdomen is being thrust into the interior of a flower bud here.

You can see the same behavior in a number of BugGuide posts of female Rhipiphorus...seems rhipiphorids are most commonly encountered by running into ovipositing females. You can find out more about their life history on the genus info page.

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