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Sierra Wormlion - Vermileo comstocki - male

Sierra Wormlion - Vermileo comstocki - Male
Off Packsaddle Pass Road, El Dorado County, California, USA
June 25, 2018
It's hard to frame a close-up photograph like this in the cavity under a shallow rock overhang: i.e. trying to maneuver and operate a bulky camera w/ flash in the tight space between the sand and rock...while not disturbing the plentiful Vermileo pits nearby.

I was hoping to get a better shot than the preceding ones...but the male decided to close his wings after my first few shots. I only took one photo in this less conducive pose (where the abdomen & halteres are obscured, and the wing venation is difficult to discern). Unfortunately, the geometry of the rock overhang and larval pits also prevented me from getting a good view of the palps (without attempting to capture and "pose" the Vermileo...which I was not inclined or especially prepared to do).

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