Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#694858
''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, ventral - Ripiphorus rex - male

''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, ventral - Ripiphorus rex - Male
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
April 28, 2012
Size: 7.9 mm (sans antennae)
Download high resolution image here.

This image is derived from a stack of 45 images with a 113 µm step taken with a reversed Leitz Focotar-2 50 mm F/4.5 enlarging lens set to F/5.6 + extension tube + Nikon D300 camera, and processed with CombineZP software.

Images of this individual: tag all
''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, lateral - Ripiphorus rex - male ''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, dorsal - Ripiphorus rex - male ''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, anterior - Ripiphorus rex - male ''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, right middle leg - Ripiphorus rex - male ''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, ventral - Ripiphorus rex - male ''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, posterior - Ripiphorus rex - male ''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, ventral close - Ripiphorus rex - male ''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, lateral close - Ripiphorus rex - male ''Wasp'' with bipectinate antennae and two flight wings, inside rear leg - Ripiphorus rex - male

Fantastic Images!! They definitely help resolve my Q's.
Thanks so much, Edward, for adding the additional 5 wonderful(!) images!! They show the detail I was hoping for, and are in many ways are much more clear and easy for me to study than the real specimens I was working with recently!

After seeing your 5th and 7th images above, I'm more confident now that what I was seeing in my image below...

...is indeed the "hairy elongate projection on the inner side of the front coxae" that Vaurie(1) was referring to. I've made two labelled crops of your 5th and 7th images to indicate what I believe are the locations of the coxa and trochanter, see thumbnails below:



So your images really helped resolve my doubts about "where the coxa is" on these Ripiphorus. (Though I still may be in error...I now think that's less likely :-)

However, the issue of how to clearly and cleanly distinguish R. rex from R. vierecki seems as murky as ever to me. I'll comment on the forum post when I get a chance. Until then, if you have a decent chunk of time, you may want to peruse the recent posts I made of Ripiphorus specimens seen during a visit to the Cal Academy last Friday afternoon. The commentary is long! (I apologize for my loquacious posts...but that's my nature :-)

By the way, I also want to express my unabashed awe at the amazing detail and focused resolution of your images here! As well as my appreciation for the significant amount of careful effort, skill, and time that must go into setting up the equipment, the specimen (the lateral pinning technique is quite nifty...allows for a less encumbered ventral view!), the spacings of the many(!) different images, and the post-processing of all those images. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work. Bravo! :-)

(And last but not least...nice bug huh! Glad you found it :-)

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.