Lara sp. (Coleoptera: Elmidae)
Sagehen Creek, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Elmid beetles such as this Lara species are aquatic. This one was clinging to the underside of a submerged log in a fast-running stream.

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This image was captured with a Nikon Coolpix 995.