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Photo#137126
An acacia lover - Gyascutus caelatus

An acacia lover - Gyascutus caelatus
Benson, French Joe Canyon, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
August 15, 2007
Size: A little over an inch
Not all of them held still for a portrait

Nice Shot
I'm amazed that any of them held still for a portrait. Not the easiest species to photograph.

 
You are the one to thank for
You are the one to thank for the location tip for this one, via Eric. I was actually using a 50 mm macro and Eric still got the specimen. Yours looks so much wider than all the ones I photographed, I think I only got close to the males.

Awesome!
Images might really be better than specimens. All the scales rubbed off mine:-(

 
Keeping the Yellow
Eric, I have found that by dispatching my specimens immediately upon collecting and then as quickly as possible papering them I can retain a lot of the yellow waxy substance on pinned specimens.

 
I'm not sure they are scales.
The giant neotropical Euch*roma gigante*us ecloses covered with a powdery yellow wax layer that rubs off in short order. I suspect some other bups have this trait as well.

 
Sometimes it's better to have
Sometimes it's better to have both. I also like mine to have as natural a back ground as possible without beeing too distracting.

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