Sphaeropthalma arota - Velvet Ant
California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005
USA CA: Riverside Co.
Corn Springs Campground
10 mi S. Desert Center
33º38'N 115º22'W  29.v.2005
Thanks to Kevin Williams for the insect and the ID.

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