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RLPHello Bugman/ Buglady:
I am new into this hobby as I got my 1st digital camera (Nikon Coolpix s4) on my 71st birthday and am having a ball getting much closer looks at the Critters around me. I am finding more sources each week on the internet : WTB; BugGuide.Net; and some University collections. Bob Patterson’s from Maryland helped last night. Some of the species I’ve had little problem with, but boy there are lots that are very difficult to identify. I am trying to build a photo collection of wild critters of this area & hope to eventually place the info onto a website through the local Skull Valley Historical Society. I am not familiar with your guidelines for submittal. Please let me know how to make these communications more effective. I am including the "comment" section and title for each photo. I’ll start with these two immages of what I think are Golden-headed Scallopwing taken on 9/12/06 @ 12:22PM. (Title info didn’t transfer with the immage!) We are @ 4250 elevation in a Valley with good water: Freemont Cottonwoods, mesquite, Hackberry,desert willow, Screwbean, Four- winged saltbush, Rhus Trilobata, catclaw;scrub oat (Q. turbanilla) and the hills have pinion pine & Juniper . Martin Mountain & Bradshaw> Mountains range up to 6200 & 7200 feet. There are some Ponderosa Pine at the higher elevations. Man the Dusky wings are a challenge: Juvenals or Funereal…? I spotted these two "Lovebugs" with golden heads & thought they would be a good place to start. Golden-headed Scallopwing (Staphylus ceos) pair copulating, on Raspberry plant. Peavine Ranch, Skull Valey, AZ Thanks for your help.
You submitted this perfectly, with a nice detailed letter, a vivid description, and it is wonderful that you provided your own identification. We also like getting only one species per letter.