Boris is here! - Boros unicolor
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
May 9, 2006
Size: 9.2 mm
Based on descriptions and habitats in American Beetles, I have concluded this is Boris unicolor. The genus is distinguished by a sharply constricted head behind the eyes. Of the two species in the bugguide region, the other lives as larvae primarily in fire-killed conifers, and these individuals were found in conifers that had died from causes other than fire. Moreover, the coloration fits the species name.
I kept waiting for this beetle to grown completely black before posting photos. Ha! I should have refreshed my memory from American Beetles. Borids are supposed to be brown :-)
One more of my original larvae collected March 18, 2006 has pupated. The others have died at various stages, one at the prepupal stage.
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