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Pseudoscorpion
Pseudoscorpion
Las Cruces, Hillsborough County, New Mexico, USA
December 29, 2005
Size: body about 2 mm
1 of 2 images of this specimen.
Found in very fibrous cambium layer of old cottonwood stump. Did not survive trip home to New Hampshire.

tan-black click beetle - Aeolus
tan-black click beetle - Aeolus
Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
December 29, 2005
Size: 8 - 9 mm
2 of 2 images of this specimen.

Playing hard to get - Phidippus audax - male - female
Playing hard to get - Phidippus audax - Male Female
Florida, USA
3 of 3 images of this specimen.

Aeolus mellillus? - Aeolus
Aeolus mellillus? - Aeolus
Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
December 29, 2005
Size: 8 - 9 mm
1 of 2 images of this specimen.
Found overwintering under concrete chunk in vacant lot. In this view it's stopped running around while cleaning its right antenna -- an activity that often affords the photographer a chance to focus on an otherwise roving subject.

Stephen submitted a Web site at the University of Alberta that had only a few click beetle images, but it had one that might be this species.

Playing hard to get - Phidippus audax - male - female
Playing hard to get - Phidippus audax - Male Female
Florida, USA
2 of 3 images of this specimen.

Playing hard to get - Phidippus audax - male - female
Playing hard to get - Phidippus audax - Male Female
Florida, USA
1 of 3 images of this specimen.
These are both offspring of the specimen in photos #31816 and #31818. Here the female was receptive to the male's courting but refused to let him turn her abdomen to copulate. After about ten minutes, she was able to walk away from him. She did not show any aggression toward him at any point. I find it interesting that she didn't allow him to mate with her. I'll have to try it again with this male, then another if that's not successful. A well-fed, adult female will typically be receptive to a male and willing to copulate. She repeatedly moved to the side and to the bottom of the foam mat.

Litargus balteatus, Hairy Fungus Beetle - Litargus balteatus
Litargus balteatus, Hairy Fungus Beetle - Litargus balteatus
Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
December 29, 2005
Size: 2.5 mm
4 of 4 images of this specimen.
These little guys didn't travel well. They all appeared stricken with some malady that affected their coordination -- perhaps decompression sickness. At any rate, I have some dead specimens on my hands and will aim for one or more better images to swap out with those I've just posted.

Litargus balteatus, Hairy Fungus Beetle - Litargus balteatus
Litargus balteatus, Hairy Fungus Beetle - Litargus balteatus
Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
December 29, 2005
Size: 2.5 mm
3 of 4 images of this specimen.
Millimeter marks on stainless steel ruler visible through bottom of container.

Litargus balteatus, Hairy Fungus Beetle - Litargus balteatus
Litargus balteatus, Hairy Fungus Beetle - Litargus balteatus
Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
December 29, 2005
Size: 2.5 mm
2 of 4 images of this specimen.
Different individual. The antennae are unusual and should help ID them.

Litargus balteatus, Hairy Fungus Beetle - Litargus balteatus
Litargus balteatus, Hairy Fungus Beetle - Litargus balteatus
Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
December 29, 2005
Size: 2.5 mm
1 of 4 images of this specimen.
Found 20 or 30 of these tiny beetles in the very fibrous cambium layer of an old cottonwood stump near the banks of the Rio Grande. I got the impression they were overwintering, not feeding.

Somewhat resembles this specimen on Santa Barbara Natural History Museum site.