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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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new photos of a predaceous diving beetle

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As promised (in another thread) I posted some much nicer photos of a predaceous diving beetle on my blog last night, along with an explanation of how I took them. This one is my favourite...

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 01:58 AM
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That's awesome - I've never seen a picture that showed the air bubble like that. Nice job! It looks like a Rhantus sp. with that shoulder spot.
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That's awesome - I've never seen a picture that showed the air bubble like that. Nice job! It looks like a Rhantus sp. with that shoulder spot.
Thank you! I looked up Rhantus and it does look a lot like it. However, someone else suggested that they see a spike on the ventral surface running from the thorax to abdomen. And that therefore it is a scavenger beetle, family Hydrophilidae. I am no expert so I am a little confused now. I am going to try and get a good photo of the ventral surface and post it for comment...

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