Chauliognathus sp. - Soldier Beetle
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Beetles fly using their hindwings, which are usually tucked safely away under the hardened forewings.  Here a soldier beetle prepares for flight by lifting her forewings out of the way.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Chiricahua Mountain Foothills, 31º59'N 109º22'W 1650m. 16.viii.2006.
Riparian forest, ex Milkweed.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, with a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro lens.