Net-Winged Beetle

These large and interesting Lycidae beetles (Lycus fernandezi) were abundant in south eastern Arizona a few weeks ago.   Constantly flying between flowers and moist sand they were making for easy photography targets.  I thought to myself “here is a great opportunity to catch a beetle taking off!”.

Wait for it…

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Lycus fernandezi (Lycidae)

 

Wait for it…

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Lycus fernandezi (Lycidae)

Crap.

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Lycus fernandezi (Lycidae)

If it hadn’t been 105 degrees out and I didn’t have a cloud of flies clinging to my face I would have fixed my camera settings and waited for another chance.  But this is all my patience could bear – after all it’s just a beetle!

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