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Palaeoxenus dohrni and Incense Cedar

It is approaching eight years since I discovered the life history of the prettiest false click beetle in North America, Dohrn's Elegant Eucnemid Beetle (Palaeoxenus dohrni (Horn)). A colleague of mine told me I had a less than 10% chance of finding a rare bug like that. These beetles and larvae were collected under the bark near the base of an Incense Cedar stump. He told me it's interesting to find a beetle like that in a tree that possess insecticidal compounds in the wood. Problem is, he didn't mentioned if that particular compound is found in the bark as well.
This eucnemid beetle is bright blood red and black. I got to thinking about aposomatic coloration and how it's designed to ward off predators from eating it. It makes me wonder if this eucnemid possess something within it's system to could deter predators from eating it. It seem coincidental to find this beetle in a tree that have such a insecticidal compound. Can it be possible for this beetle to metabolize the compound for protection? This is a working theory I have and it seems to be quite a wild thought to consider something like that, even though other insects have already possess the ability to metabolize plant toxins in their system.

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I hope this works. I photographed it last night with a digital camara.


Good idea..
thats a great thought you have, someone should get a picture of this thing up on the site... I'm very curious to what it looks like now...

 
Hi Jake
Thank you. I got the photograph up on this thread. A very pretty eucnemid I must say. I hope you like it.

 
post that photo to ID Request
post that photo to ID Request please. then an editor can create a Guide page for it and move it there.

 
Thank You
Thank you for the suggestion. I finally accomplished that task. It is now up on the ID Request page.

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