The Bug Geek

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Dear March: thank you for the larvae

Dear Month of March,
you are lovely and splendiferous in every way this year; you bathe me in warm sunshine, rouse wildlife from winter slumber, and whisper delicious promises of spring.  
Now, I know that generally you like to blast eastern Ontario with one last big dump of snow.  A big dump of snow that makes us Ontarians pull our boots back out of storage, search our trunks for the windshield scraper, and curse the fact that we decided to get the summer tires put back on.   I understand that you think this is a wonderfully funny joke to play.  I get it.
But if you could NOT this year, I would really, really appreciate it.  It’s too freaking nice out.
Yours Truly,
The Geek
P.S. Thank you for all the cool larvae and excellent ambient lighting today.
I found oodles of goodies today; I am happily satiated with enough photographs to last me to the weekend.  First, I’ll share that I got some excellent pics some Flat Bark Beetle larvae, which really show off the rear-end armaments.  I added them to my old post…check them out (just scroll down a bit)!
Now, for this guy: I think this small long-horned beetle larva is a member of the flat-faced subfamily (Lamiinae).  It has freckles on its head, hee.

Cerambycid (long-horned beetle) larva

The tree I found it on was really, really dead.  The bark practically crumbled away in my hands.  If I had to take a stab at what species the tree was, I would guess white elm.   Anyone have any guesses who this might be? 

I have a question for Ted now.  (Yes, you, Ted.)   Oh heck, I’ll throw this one right out there in case someone else knows too.  

Is there any way to rear critters like these with only the bark that they were tunnelling in, or it is necessary to have a whole chunk of tree?

5 responses to “Dear March: thank you for the larvae

  1. myrmecos March 10, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Just dropping in to say that your blog is teh awesome. I’ll definitely be spending more time here. Especially if there’s more larvae involved.

  2. Ted C. MacRae March 10, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    If it was elm, this might be the elm borer, Saperda tridentata (indeed, a member of the Lamiinae).

    I once reared this species from elm bark – I only collected the bark, but then I strapped it tightly to some chunks of barkless firewood the recreate the “between the bark and wood” zone to keep the beetles happy. I got quite a few of the beetles through to adulthood.

    • TGIQ March 10, 2010 at 6:58 PM

      I was thinking S. tridentata, which would be cool, because “all” I have is S. imitans 😉

      That is an AWESOME trick! I will run to my basement and get some firewood right now!

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