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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

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She's ovipositing!
In this and the next image, her ovipositor is very clearly (and fairly deeply) inserted in the flower bud. Even without seeing oviposition, could tell it's a female from the pectinate antennae (males have biflabellate antennae).

Moved
Moved from Ripiphorus.

Moved
Moved from Beetles.