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Angel Insect - Zorotypus

Angel Insect - Zorotypus
Bastrop County, Texas, USA
August 25, 2007
This is the first zorapteran I've seen and it was a very exciting discovery. I felt it might be a worthwhile addition to the guide. Given its geographic location, it is most likely Zorotypus hubbardi. It was discovered in a rotting log that was infested with termites, but was located in a region of the log that was more solid and had few (or no) termites present. When discovered, it ran very fast. This photo was taken with the zorapteran temporarily contained in a small plastic box. The photo was taken with a Nikon D70 fitted with a 2x teleconverter, a 105mm macro, a +2 lens and a remote SB-R200 speedlight.

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Zorapteran - Zorotypus Angel Insect - Zorotypus

Moved to genus level
Moved from Zorotypidae. In fact, there is only one North American genus in the order, so I thought I'd move these images there. As the photographer mentioned, this is most likely Zorotypus hubbardi based on statements about range in Arnett (1).

Moved from Zorapterans.
Only one family in Zoraptera.

That's our first image for this insect order, and a very fine one too.

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