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Beetle - Mordella hubbsi

Beetle - Mordella hubbsi
Big Basin Redwoods State park, Sky Sea rd Alder Camp area, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
August 14, 2011
Size: maybe 10 mm?
In Pacific Oleanthe

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Moved from Mordellini.

Mordella hubbsi
but wait, I spoke too soon below. Given your western location and upon closer inspection, the orange/red pro- and meso-femur, makes this Mordella hubbsi - just about the only "black" Mordella that can be determined on sight. see

stripped abdomen
I have in photos I considered not good enough to post, so your photo link looks right.

I also had 2 other sets of photos that were dark or not sharp, but I had the striped abdomen and red meso femur.

What a winner! Thanks, and I'll keep this in mid for this one and see if next time around I can get something more beneficial for the guide.

Moved from ID Request.

Mordella... give or take
good shot, but this is a case where dorsal habitus alone will bring you only this far... the patterned ones are often IDable from this angle, otherwise one has to see hind leg ridges laterally really well

I hope
I did this move correctly

I was
loading my other 2 angles when you made this comment. None of my other shots has a better angle of the rear leg then the second submission. Is a still more horizontal view needed? I'll file it away for the 47 different angles I should remember when shooting insects, actually, that is already on my list of different angles, I just missed this one.

for these
the hind leg is not really helpful. To have any chance you need things like "are there short hairs between the eyelets" (I kid you not), and other views not likely obtainable in the field.


Oh great
And I had just limited my insect photography to things that their form could be identified by eye site, hence, I'm not going after the under 5mm class anymore unless they just happen to scream for fame.

But, often enough the photos I post are greatly reduced from a greater MB file then 1 MB, and I have lots of crop room left for particulars if someone takes the time to talk me through what is needed.

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