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Anelaphus? - Calopus angustus

Anelaphus? - Calopus angustus
Junction Hwy's 36 and A21 in Westwood by outdoor light; elevation 5100ft, Lassen County, California, USA
May 18, 2009
Size: Body length 25mm
I am not real sure about this one - but possibly genus Anelaphus? Thanks for any confirmation and further ID!

Nice photography
Do they pose for you? Do you hypnotize them? Mine never stay still and if I chill them they look awful.

The short version!
I chill them all. I then place them on the white sheet of paper next to a south facing window. Many hold still, and many do not. I use small clear plastic food containers of various heights - with a camera lens hole cut in the bottoms. I just place the inverted plastic container over the critter, and then place my simple point-and-shoot camera face down with lens through the container. Then I wait for the slow movers to warm up a bit and stretch their legs and antennae and snap several photos. For the movers I just wait until they stop for a moment and then center the little setup over the critter and snap. Of course some bugs (especially tiny flies) are often quite uncooperative! Some require extra days in the fridge to settle them down! I also have a variety of poking and prodding tricks I use to get better poses. Some actually escape in the house! At least one photo includes a small metric ruler that is placed next to the bug.

Moved from Longhorned Beetles.

nope, at first glance
I'd say Oedemeridae

Thanks Philip! What a surprise! When I think of all the browsing I did within the Longhorns I am reminded of what a wonderful, and often look-alike world of "bugs" we have here in N.A. - I will always be learning,

excellent photo, Jim
fetch us more [photos, oedemerids, other obscure beetles... and non-beetles]!

There are many more!
I have many hundreds already photographed and yet to post, and many hundreds in my older collection (1970's) yet to be photographed. It will take time - lol !

Perhaps I will spend less time searching BG on the obscure ones, and trust others to help me place them - learning along the way.

sounds like fun to me
bring it on!

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