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Emerald Euphoria - Euphoria fulgida

Emerald Euphoria - Euphoria fulgida
Parkwood, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
May 13, 2005
Size: 12 mm
I was standing in my yard when I saw what I thought was a large greenbottle fly (or a wasp) buzzing about low over some pine straw mulch. It suddenly dove into the mulch and disappeared. This reminded me very much of the behavior of a Euphoria. I dug it out, and it played dead in a very convincing fashion. I kept it captive for a couple of days and finally was able to photograph it in an active pose. (That took waiting over the beetle, still, for about 30 minutes!) I later released the beetle in my yard. It flew off into the distance, rather in a huff, I imagine.

I don't know what this behavior of suddenly diving into the litter is--perhaps it is characteristic of a female about to oviposit, or perhaps it is behavior of a male looking for freshly-emerged females. (See comments below.)

Photographing this species is a challenge--the surface is like a green mirror.

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Moved from Emerald Euphoria.


Moved from Emerald Euphoria.

emerald male
I think I found a male one of these today... I've been looking all over the place looking for what they are called -thankyou very much

nice shot
Should be no confusion IDing this sp. from this shot.

All Euphoria spp. I've observed behave in that manner - appears to be a defensive behaviour.

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