Friday Beetle Blogging: Notoxus flower beetle

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Notoxus desertus – Antlike Flower Beetle
Pyramid Lake, Nevada

This furry little beetle comes with its own sun visor, a horn-like structure that projects over the head from the pronotum.  I photographed this Notoxus along the shores of Pyramid Lake where it was feeding on pollen.

Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, diffused twin flash

8 thoughts on “Friday Beetle Blogging: Notoxus flower beetle”

    1. They’re easy to overlook. As their name implies, antlike flower beetles are ant-sized and generally inconspicuous. They aren’t uncommon, though, and often appear at blacklights.

  1. I’m an entomologist (ret.) and artist. I love this little guy. I did a pen & ink of one, years ago, spending many, many hours with one eye in a microscope!

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