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Guess which beetle family - Tritoma unicolor

Guess which beetle family - Tritoma unicolor
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
September 4, 2007
Size: larvae about 8.5 mm
I found several (I thought) of these beetle larvae inside the stems of an annual patch of vivid orange mushrooms that arise from a ground-level stump. I placed several mushrooms in a open leftover container with 10 - 15 mm or soil on the bottom, figuring the larvae would leave the fungi and pupate in the soil once the rotting/fermentation reached a certain point.

(Bitter experience has taught me that placing mushrooms in a closed or even narrow-mouthed container quickly kills any critters living in them. Decomposing mushrooms apparently give off a great deal of carbon dioxide and maybe other gases.)

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Moved
Moved from Tritoma tenebrosa.

Moved
Moved from Beetles.

Ueno Teruhisa
says he thinks these larvae may be erotylids.

See others' opinions/guesses here and here.

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