Wednesday “What the heck?”

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This might be the hardest nature quiz ever – I don’t think I would’ve ever figured out what this was had I not found what I did next to it.  I found it on my recent trip to look for Cicindela scutellaris (festive tiger beetle) in southeastern Missouri. Of course, now knowing what it is, the image does seem to provide enough clues about its identity – perhaps some crack naturalist will figure it out.

I’ll provide the answer with additional photos tomorrow.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2009

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39 thoughts on “Wednesday “What the heck?”

  1. Considering it was taken when you where hunting for a certain little beetle, I would say a tiger beetle pupal case.
    Eh?
    I can also safely say it is not, as I originally thought, a miniature elephant seal nose.

  2. The outline is quite similar to that of an Oestridae larvae thus the pupae and emergence. Odd that it is on the soil surface.

  3. Well I’m sure you must have the adult and now it’s wing venation time! Unfamiliar with the Missouri fauna but may be of the genus Cephenemyia (cervids), Oestrus (sheep +) or Hypoderma (cattle), or Cuterebra (terrestrial rodents).
    Nice find!

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