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Coleoptera-Wedge-shaped Beetles (Ripiphoridae) » Ripiphorus  - Ripiphorus rex - female

Coleoptera-Wedge-shaped Beetles (Ripiphoridae) » Ripiphorus - Ripiphorus rex - Female
Peoples Canyon, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
May 1, 2009
Found in transition zone of Mojave and Sonora Desert ovipositing into a composite flower bud. All the while I was photographing it I thought it was some neat Syrphid fly. I didn't notice the ovipositor until I looked at the image on the computer.

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Coleoptera-Wedge-shaped Beetles (Ripiphoridae) » Ripiphorus  - Ripiphorus rex - female Coleoptera-Wedge-shaped Beetles (Ripiphoridae) » Ripiphorus  - Ripiphorus rex - female Coleoptera-Wedge-shaped Beetles (Ripiphoridae) » Ripiphorus  - Ripiphorus rex - female Coleoptera-Wedge-shaped Beetles (Ripiphoridae) » Ripiphorus  - Ripiphorus rex - female

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Nice find!
I've been told these are common, but I've run across only a couple.

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sure -- nice; pls move to the genus page
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