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fresh colors - Paraclivina bipustulata

fresh colors - Paraclivina bipustulata
Medford, (~25 miles east of Philadelphia, PA) Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
April 23, 2008
the colors on this one were just exceptionally bright - must have been newly minted.

came to UV light (first use of the season)

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fresh colors - Paraclivina bipustulata fresh colors - Paraclivina bipustulata

Very nice dorsal & ventral habitus shots!
These are the perpendicular angles that I need for carabid species identification, not the oblique ones submitted by so many. The full dorsal perpendicular shot is the single most important one, next usually is a close-up perpendicular shot of pronotum, then sometimes a full ventral perpendicular shot might be necessary for purpose of identification. In this particular case, the full dorsal habitus alone was sufficient for my agreement with your good species identification.

thanks Peter,
but in fairness to the other contributors, my subjects don't run away without any warning - never to re-appear, hold perfectly still for 10+ montage image takes, always are on a consistant background under a lighting setup that has been used before, etc.

I actually like viewing the live shots / natural postures from the other folks much more than my own. It's how my favorite bettles look their best! But I personally enjoy doing the ID work that I get to do, more than crawling around with a camera and an uncertain outcome. The best part is that BugGuide give us all an oportunity to do what we like best!

Thanks for the confirmation!

Continuing on the theme of "what we like best",
in future I plan to spend less time trying to identify carabids to species or even genus level when given only distant oblique views or field shots. This decision is in part motivated by less available free time than I had before.