Heteroceridae - variegated mud-loving beetle
Sierra Valley, Northern California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Heterocerid mud-loving beetles live in the mud along stream banks.  They can be brought out of their burrows by splashing water up on the banks.  Their dense velvety pubesence allows these small beetles to keep an air pocket around them in a very wet habitat.

USA, CA, Plumas Co.: Beckwourth
2.vii.2004, 39º49'N 120º23'W, 1490m
Banks of Feather River.

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