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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
Five days later the fungus in the container was in high fermentation and the larvae were absent. I removed the slimy, rotting fungi and gently dug into the moist soil I had placed in the bottom of the container, hoping to find at least two or three of the "several" I had spotted in the orange mushroom stems. I found three, then three more, then a pupa. I was amazed to unearth 19 in all, including three pupae. There had obviously been a bunch of them I never saw in the stems.

I'm most curious to see what family of beetle emerges from these pupae. They and the larvae are in a smaller amount of moist earth where I can view them twice daily.

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Moved
Moved from Tritoma tenebrosa.

Moved
Moved from Beetles.

Ditto from Dan Young:
"They look like erotylids to me (perhaps Triplax sp.). If you have live
pupae, I guess we'll find out soon enough!"

(All larvae have now pupated.)

Albert Allen says
it looks to him like Eroty*lidae.

O.k., I make a guess:
Tetratomidae?

 
Okay.
There are twelve species on the UNH checklist and I know we can eliminate at least two based on size.

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