Haploembia solieri - Webspinner
Oligotomidae - Embiidina
Northern California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Webspinners are elongate orthopteroid insects that spin silken galleries.  The swollen fore basitarus, visible here as the enlarged bit of the leg just to the left of the head, houses the silk glands.

USA CA: Lake Co.  McLaughlin U.C. Reserve.  30.iv.2005  38º51.76'N 122º24.94'W, 600m
Serpentine grassland, under stone.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.