This 3 mm long monster landed on my desk last week. I was nonplussed, but not intimidated, and soon had made some sense of its secret name. Now it’s the turn of my devoted readers to show their skill. Unlike most bug blogs that post a challenge, macromite is usually willing to show you as much of the critter as can be seen, so below is the full ventral view and below that the collection data. Never let it be said that macromite doesn’t play fair.
AB: Onefour Heritage Rangeland Natural Area,
49°9.370’N 110°16.397’W, el. 900 m,
23 Jul 2010, white pan trap
Update – Like most of you, my first impression was Strepsiptera, but like Ted, a second’s thought said not really. So far Ted is the only one with any points here (but at Alberta Bugs things are heating up). Adrian’s point about the eyes is interesting, though, and deserves a point. Here are a couple more views of our new alien overlords: