Species: P. japonica
Experimental Shot of a Beetle from the Badlands of South Dakota placed on a piece of glass in our usual set up. We are following what Alex Wild has done in his great blog: www.alexanderwild.com/Ants/Taxonomic-List-of-Ant-Genera/M.... The reflection below is very sharp except there appears to be a secondary reflection perhaps due to the 2 faces of the piece of glass interfereing, more experiments to come.
The family Scarabaeidae as currently defined consists of over 30,000 species of beetles worldwide. The species in this large family are often called scarabs or scarab beetles. The classification of this family is fairly unstable, with numerous competing theories, and new proposals appearing quite often. It is probable that many of the subfamilies listed here will not be recognized very much longer, as they will likely be reduced in status below subfamily rank, or elevated to...