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conifer underbark sheet fungus beetle - Bolitophagus corticola

conifer underbark sheet fungus beetle - Bolitophagus corticola
Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
March 11, 2006
Size: about 7 mm
Photographed April 1, 2006. I think we have a Bolitophagus corticola, all fresh and pale, having expupated within the past few hours. (I checked it this morning and it was still a pupa.)

This is the smaller relative of the for*ked fun*gus beetle, which is another 3 - 5 mm longer. I had an idea that's what it might be since I found a pronotum of one when I was collecting the underbark sheet fungus. (If someone has a proper name for that stuff, please let me know.) I tried to save the pronotum but lost it before I could shoot it and compare it with a known specimen.

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Wow, that's a pretty cool tra
Wow, that's a pretty cool transformation that the teneral adult goes through! He looks sort of magical. : )

 
I thought you might like seeing that.
It could be the pet beetle of the princess from the Crystal Palace or something.

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