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Dohrn's Elegant Eucnemid Beetle - Palaeoxenus dohrnii

Dohrn's Elegant Eucnemid Beetle - Palaeoxenus dohrnii
Los Angeles, San Bernadino Co Area County, California, USA
May 30, 1998
The adults and larvae were collected under the bark near the base of the incense cedar stump.

Very rare.
You're one of the few to collect this species in recent times. I know *you* know, Robert, but I thought I'd let others know.

 
Thank you
Thank you for the nice comment. According to a colleague who took me out to that site, I had less than a 10% chance of finding the beetle. It is in the most remote part of the San Gabriel Mountains, far from any development taking place in So Cal. Still nonetheless, It should be evaluated for possible protection. The problem is no one really understand the role this or any other species play in the ecosystem. I am working on a radical theory behind this beetle; but I need a fresh specimen taking specifically from incense cedar so I can have chemistry work done on the beetle's blood. Perhaps, if my theory hold; then the beetle's chance of deserving protection will be warrented.

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