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What is this - a beetle??? - Ripiphorus vierecki - female

What is this - a beetle??? - Ripiphorus vierecki - Female
Tucson Mountain Park, Pima County, Arizona, USA
July 11, 2008
Size: 9mm
I fell for it - I thought it was a wasp. Found on the grounds of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. The only vagely similar thing seems to be Ripiphorus

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What is this - a beetle??? - Ripiphorus vierecki - female What is this - a beetle??? - Ripiphorus vierecki - female What is this - a beetle??? - Ripiphorus vierecki - female

Moved
Moved from Ripiphorus rex.

Moved
Moved from Ripiphorus.

yes it is -- look in Rhipiphoridae
look here
i admit, at first glance the 3rd pic did look like a chalcid wasp to me, too... and i've collected these before...

 
Interesting critters
Check my post and the one linked to it for info. (I thought it was a bee.)

 
I did collect it
so maybe we will get it to the species this time