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Harsi's find - Closterocoris amoenus

Harsi's find - Closterocoris amoenus
Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens, Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
June 12, 2010
Perched on a leave of Salvia (apiana, I think).

Harsi Parker found this beauty and pointed me to the ID. It seemed marvelous and new to me...even though I later realized Joyce Gross had showed it to me 400 miles to the north and a few weeks earlier :-) Even with good teachers...sometimes I wonder if I'll ever learn this stuff :-)

Comparing various BugGuide posts, I find the color variations in the scutellum and cuneus interesting...yellow here and in Joyce's San Francisco area post; and white in my other SF shot and in Hartmut's Los Angeles area post here. So it doesn't seem to be geographically based, as both color forms appear on posts from LA and SF areas.

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