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Photo#173504
Death Valley Dunes bug - Ophryastes mixtus

Death Valley Dunes bug - Ophryastes mixtus
StovePipe Wells, California, USA
March 1, 2008
Size: less than 1 inch
Spotted 8am on an overcast day on StovePipe Wells Dunes in Death Valley National Park.

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Death Valley Dunes bug - Ophryastes mixtus Death Valley Dunes bug - Ophryastes mixtus

Ophryastes cf. mixtus Kissinger
Charles O'Brien det.

Moved from Ophryastes.

 
DV dunes bug
I spotted these beetles/weevils on a trail in Salt Creek, Death Valley in March 2010. They were mating. The rangers had never seen them before. I'd like to know what they are, so I can share with the rangers. I do have a photo, but the "bugs" look the same as in the current posted photo.

 
Yay! Another new weevil species!
I sure hope that Charles O'Brien knows how much everyone on this site benefits from his valuable contributions. (And also, that you know how much your tireless work to obtain identifications for these images is appreciated.)

probably correct, yes
:-)

 
I don't think
this helps very much, but the only Ophryastes sp. collected from Inyo Co. in the Santa Barbara NHM - California Beetle Project Database appears to be O. geminatus. I can't find any images of that species on the web, though... :(

Maybe
one of the Ophryastes weevils? Let's see what one of our beetle experts says...

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