Mt. Washington, Coos County, New Hampshire, USA June 8, 2007 Size: about 2.7 mm
I found twelve of these little cholevines beneath some cracked, loose bark on a fir log directly on top of which was an old scat composed mainly of mouse hair and bones. They ran helter-skelter when I exposed them and I was very active with my homemade pooter for a minute sucking them up. These two appear to be male and female, the male having expanded tarsi on both front and middle legs. I've included other individuals in this photo series since they all came from the same square foot of log.
All but one of these little beetles appeared to die during the photo shoot despite frequent water misting. I put ten directly into 95% alcohol at the end of shooting that batch of beetles. Margaret Thayer had requested some Catops preserved thusly for DNA sequencing but I think these are too small to be that genus. I may send them along anyway in case backups are needed of whatever genus this turns out to be. I have all twelve, so if anyone else would like some, now is the time to ask.
This is the first of many species I collected on Mt. Washington in company with Tom Murray searching for the extremely rare Py*tho stric*tus, last reported there well over 100 years ago.
Contributed by Jim McClarin on 18 June, 2007 - 8:24pm Last updated 31 October, 2013 - 7:15pm
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