Friday Beetle Blogging: Nemognatha Blister Beetles

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Nemognatha Blister Beetle, California.

Some of the oddest blister beetles in western North America are in the genus Nemognatha.  Their mouthparts have become elongate to form a proboscis- a common trait among other groups of insects- but rare among the beetles.  They are commonly seen on flowers feeding on nectar.

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Nemognatha with associated Notoxus beetles, Nevada.

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60

ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/13, flash diffused through tracing paper

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A proboscis? As in soldier beetles, or even more developed than this?

By James C. Trager (not verified) on 28 Mar 2009 #permalink

what else besides nectar do they eat? I hear they can destroy gardens.

By chris scaparro (not verified) on 30 May 2009 #permalink

Can't remember if including a link kills a comment with Wordpress/Akismet or not, but I'll try. Link is to a photo of an Iron Cross Blister Beetle taken in Saguaro National Forest...

http://carl.krall.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=2973&

Didn't see any ICBB's on your blog.

I lived next to the park for almost a year and spent time unscientifically watching the various creatures there. Spent a fair bit of time looking at ants, there were several ant superhighways on my lane next to Jeremy Wash. I'm no scientist, just enjoyed watching their apparently purposeful movement and co-operative positioning.