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PaulRobertsAugust 15th, 2012, 10:08 pm
Colorado

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I believe Lepidostoma has antennae fixed very close and right in front of the eye. I don't see that here. Maybe it's obscured in the image?
EntomanAugust 16th, 2012, 12:45 am
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Northern CA & ID

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Yeah, I can't make them out either, but my eyes are pretty blurry this time of night... The antennae are very hard to make out at any time though, usually looking like a tiny pale dot next to the anterior margin of the eye. There's not much to 'em. In a good microscope photo in lateral view, they look like the plunger end of a very tiny retractable ball point pen to me. For me, the best (and easiest way) to identify them is by their having lateral humps on the first abdominal segment while lacking a dorsal hump. Others either have all three or lack them entirely and the cases are different.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
PaulRobertsAugust 16th, 2012, 11:42 am
Colorado

Posts: 1776
I see. Found another web image and the antennae are indeed obscure.

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