Saturday, May 5, 2007 Tom Murray and I headed up to Jefferson Notch next to Mount Washington to
search for the extremely rare Pyth*o strict*us
, which was reported on Mount Washington over 100 years ago. We had planned to drive up to the notch and spend the day skinning bark from dead trees and logs, which I had a permit from the Forest service to do.
At 3009 ft., the notch is the highest elevation reached by "a public highway" in New Hampshire, but words can be misleading. The highway is a dirt road and it was closed to traffic with a heavy iron gate barring entrance, forcing us to hike in (and up) 5.2 miles, stopping to turn rocks, roll logs and crack open conks along the way.
This larva we found tunneling in wood under the bark of a dead deciduous stump of unknown species. It appears to have long, fused urogomphi, massive eye pigment spots, and abnormal mandibles.
Rule marks indicate half-millimeters.