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Rhipiphorus sp. - Ripiphorus - female

Rhipiphorus sp. - Ripiphorus - Female
Atascosa County, Texas, USA
April 27, 2013
Size: 9mm
I havent seen one of these BEEtles in 20+- years
and the one i cot then disappeared along with
the killjar. OMG
....sweet redemtion.
bug is "bizzaro" is an understatement

Thx for the tentative ID Aaron
I have some extra specimens ...
if anyone is interested contact me

I think the first time I would have thought to Hymenoptera, a kind of bumblebee. I have not seen yet insects like that. Or if somehow we have seen, in any case I do not I thought of the possibility that it could be a beetle.

That's exactly what I thought...
when I first had the good fortune of finding one:

Hope you get to see one sometime...they are quite strange and very fascinating.

Genus certainly Ripiphorus
And the species is likely R. rex. Some might say R. vierecki is also a possibility, but all the evidence very strongly suggests that R. vierecki is simply a junior synonym of R. rex. No clear character has been given that can separate R. vierecki from R. rex. I'd move this to T. rex, but no official resolution of the synonymy issue has been taken yet on BugGuide...but see this forum for details.

At any rate, these are indeed bizarre beetles, and I can relate to your satisfaction in seeing them again.

Moved from Wedge-shaped Beetles.

They are fascinating creatures.
I believe the one with the fancy antennae is the male.

Yes... the one in the corner
Yes... the one in the corner is the male

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