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Long beetle - Xanthochroa californica

Long beetle - Xanthochroa californica
Augustine Staging Area, Limestone Canyon, Orange County, California, USA
June 24, 2017
Oedemerid-ish. They don't get this big do they?? But after that Anthricid, nothing would surprise me.

Moved tentatively; nice one... did you save the specimen?
Moved from ID Request.

 
I wish
bunch of cool stuff this time. I need to start buying equipment for collecting. Keep putting it off!

 
well, most of the equipment can be obtained by dumpster diving
all i use to collect at lights is aspirators (easy to make, but mine are from BioQuip); eppendorf tubes and misc containers; and ethanol...

some oedemerids (such as Calopus) are up to an inch

 
It's vials and ethanol that I need
Guess I'm just lazy. If only the local stores sold them.

Also having some actual instructions on the process of preserving specimens would help too -- rather than me throwing things in ethanol and guessing ;)

 
beetles do great in 70-80% EtOH
grain alcohol, sold in liquor stores, and even rubbing [=isopropyl] alc. will do just fine

but if you're in the mood of starting a dry collection, that's an entirely different story.....

 
Aha
I already have several boxes of loose dry specimens over the years. Sounds like EtOH is the way to go if I want to send anything anywhere.

 
nah not really
EtOH material is indeed preferred by those experts who have to dissect a great deal of specimens to provide reliable IDs; still, shipping pinned or point-mounted specimens is the prevailing practice (except, of course, for groups that are curated in alcohol, such as all sorts of larvae, mayflies, stoneflies, aphids, entognaths, thrips, psocids, termites, isopods, arachnids, myriapods, &c...)

last week i shipped >4,000 pinned specimens collected around my house to people around the continent

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