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Longhorned Something - Plectrura spinicauda

Longhorned Something - Plectrura spinicauda
Enumclaw, Forested Unincorporated King County, Washington, USA
February 27, 2010
Size: 10mm
Another nocturnal creature from the property. Found it perched on a wooden post near the edge of the woods right about witching hour (3am). Pretty cool lookin', eh? It had lots of short, thick setae...and notice the pointed tips on the end of the elytra. As customary, I do still have the live specimen if any additional images should be needed.

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nicely done, darl.
Moved from ID Request.

try Plectrura spinicauda
It looks like one of these to me.

Thanks for your help, everybody!
This was a really neat beetle and I had fun photographing and collecting it. One of the most photogenic creatures I've collected, to date. Was very calm and hardly ever decided to walk away. But, then again, I'm used to those wild and rambunctious eight-leggers who are super difficult! Anyone know anyone who might want this beaut for their collection? If not, I'm just going to let it free.

1 vote for freedom
I say that your model deserves freedom for being so cooperative.
What are you doing out at 3 a.m., capturing beetles on their way home from the bar? :-)

But of course, she's their designated driver. ;-)
I wasn't going to get in the middle of the fray over the merits of collection, but since Andy started the battle cry... I vote for freedom too -- which I'm sure comes as no surprise to those who know me. :-)

Freedom it is!
And thanks for the laugh you guys! When I'm in a good mood, I often spend upwards of 8 hours out in the woods in the middle of the night, flashlight in hand and collection vials in pocket. It's really fun! My only pet peeves are when the bottoms of my pants get soaking wet and muddy, when the flashlight batteries die on me, and when I get poked in the face by little branches that I never saw coming. I've started tucking my pants into my socks and always carrying extra batteries, but...grrr, I continue to get poked in the face by twigs! If I hadn't been wearing my glasses, there could have been a few emergencies in the past! I think I just need to do more looking up, rather than always looking down. :)

You need a miner's hat :) Actually one of those lights on the headband they sell at the camping and sports stores. Sounds like it's good you wear glasses. I've done the same, in daylight even.... oh, there's a cool tiny thing, bonk goes the branch in my face.

I've thought about the headlamp idea... the past, but always talked myself out of getting one because I don't always like the light pointing where I'm looking (for a few reasons). I'm thinking I should search around for high-powered, light-weight flashlights. Haha, you run into things in daylight, too? So do I! :)

Yet another reason...
...why I simply must turn you into a birdwatcher! When I spent the majority of my time birdwatching (before I became seriously interested in insects) my husband was always worried that I was going to end up falling flat on my face, because my eyes were often focused up at the trees or the sky. Now, although I do spend much of time looking down at the ground, I still instinctively scan the trees and sky every once in awhile which gives me a pretty good overall sense of my surroundings. (This is not to say that I don't still get poked by things, trip over my own feet, or avoid all mishap --- after all, there's only so much one can do to avert tragedy when you're as klutzy as me!) :-)

I can't look out the front windows into the yard without thinking about you, Harsi! There's always tons of little birdies out on the feeder. I've been thinking about hiding in the bush next to it so that I can get better pics than the ones I told you about in email...

Tom is totally correct! This is a flightless species that is probably common but seldom seen. Great find!

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