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Pinacate Beetle

Eleodes obscurus


Found these guys walking around during the nocternal herp inventory. This one in particular caught our attention because he has this weird siphon sticking out of it's abdomen when others didn't. Any comment on what it is?

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amyasdm 9 years ago

Hey Xu, nice photo of Sonora's Shoe. So glad you had a good time Blitzing. Thanks for all your great photos. Amy O

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 9 years ago

I thought so. Well you seem to of really enjoyed yourself, and that makes me glad enough. :)

James Xu
James Xu 9 years ago

No, it won't. The Sonoran Desert was chosen this year by the National Geographic and this year only. It was a good experience for those who took the opportunity though. I am certainly happy I did it.

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 9 years ago

That sounds like an exceptional experience, James! Lots of work, sure, but if you're doing what you love, that's not an issue at all. It most likely won't happen again in the Tucson area next year, right?

James Xu
James Xu 9 years ago

BioBlitz was a nice experience. I was an ambassador for the event and did a nocturnal herp inventory from 7-11 PM and then an 8 mile bird inventory from 6:30-1:30 the next morning which was an exhausting but rewarding opportunity. A bit unorganized, but overall a success.

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 9 years ago

These bring back memories... definitely in Arizona, and usually found in huge numbers too! Amazing find. How was BioBlitz, by the way?

shebebusynow 9 years ago

Looks like an ovipositor. Wood wasps have them; they jam into wood and insert the eggs where they'll be protected. Maybe this is something similar.

James Xu
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James Xu

Tucson, Arizona

Spotted on Oct 20, 2011
Submitted on Oct 23, 2011

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