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big golden-elytra bup - Gyascutus caelatus

big golden-elytra bup - Gyascutus caelatus
Organ Mountains foothills, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
August 12, 2006
Size: 30 mm
I spotted this big buprestid hanging onto a mesquite branch in the mid-afternoon. I held my net below him and whacked the branch with a pole, causing him to drop into the net.

I gave the specimen to New Mexico State University as they only had three of this species.

Images of this individual: tag all
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Moved from Hippomelas caelata.

Please give a rationale for this move.
I saw Eric's comment on most recent image but no expanation accompanied it either.

see details here - link added under genus info. Got any of those scarabs left?

No, sorry.
I thought they were all adopted but wanted to check before saying so. I have none of these guys (or gals) left. I may have some smaller New Mexico stuff to spare after representatives of each taxon are set aside for NMSU. That will be after I get back to shooting and posting the ones that croaked before I could get live shots there, got pickled and brought back with me to New Hampshire.

Wow, nice one!
a little bigger than your usual subjects ;)

There are some big bugs here.
I'll be posting more of them.

What becomes of them?
May I ask what becomes of the specimens after you photograph them? Purely selfish interests, of course:-) I'd happily give them a good permanent home.

I turn them loose or give them away.
In this case almost all went to the New Mexico State University arthropod collection. I only turned a few loose on this trip, saving a handful for beetle collectors. I caught one more big bup specimen that's got Matthew Roth's name on it, but I have several large sca*rabs to give away...

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