Hololepta sp. - Clown Beetle
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Hololepta beetles are predaceous insects in concealed places.  This beetle was found in a rotting cactus where it was probably hunting fly larvae.

USA AZ Pima Co.: Santa Rita Experimental Range. 
3.vii.2006  31º48'N 110º49'W, 1300m. 
On ground, underneath rotting barrel cactus.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.