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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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