Frankliniella occidentalis - Western flower thrips
Lassen Co., California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Thrips are among the smallest insects.  They are often found on flowers.

USA, CA, Lassen Co.: Hallelujah Junction.
2.vii.2004, 39º46'N 120º04'W, 1470m
Great Basin Desert, ex Argemone.

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