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Stump-dweller

A moss-cloaked stump had been bathed in unseasonably warm morning sunshine.  Having been frozen for months, the wood was now merely cool, and was pleasingly spongy to the touch.  I could easily imagine it being a soft, cozy den for all manner of wood-dwelling critters, as it surely was for this fellow:

It was still groggy with slumber, but raised its head in greeting:

Its impressive mandibles slowly opened and closed…

I believe these to be in the Darkling Beetle family (Tenebrionidae), but will have to do some snooping to confirm this hunch.   BugGuide people are saying it’s most likely an Elaterid, or Click Beetle.  I will keep snooping to confirm.  In the meantime, enjoy the buggy picture goodness.

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5 responses to “Stump-dweller

  1. Pete Yeeles March 17, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Certainly looks Elaterid-esque. My little boy loves these as adults.

  2. MObugs41 March 17, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    I agree with the summation that it is a click beetle. We have numerous larvae just like this in an old stump in our backyard. I’ve seen the adults there as well. My brother-in-law found out the hard way how painful of a bite these “eyed click beetles” can give as adults. The bite drew blood and itched for days.
    They are fascinating creatures!

    • TGIQ March 18, 2010 at 8:21 PM

      I’ve never really gone larva-hunting to this degree before, and I’m blown away by the diversity I’m coming across (not to mention ever-humbled by my obvious ignorance of so many things, but then, that’s a fairly common theme for those of us to take a moment to scratch the surface of the mountainous diversity of the Coleopterans).

      This little guy just looked like a plain ol’ “meal worm” to me, but now I think I know what I’m looking for to distinguish the clicks from the tenebrios 🙂

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