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Is there an entymologist in the house?

  1. Jul 24, 2006 #1

    turbo

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    I am more of an etymologist, although I admit a facination with interesting creatures. I apologize for the out-of-focus image, but can you tell me about this bug? I stacked firewood today and this fellow was a regular companion. I moved him out of harm's way a couple of times and he kept coming back to the woodpile, so I imagine that he might be a bug that is specialized to do something with wood or with the organisms that reside on wood. The "eyes" on the thorax are quite startling - I assume it helps ward off predators.

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  3. Jul 24, 2006 #2

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    WOW!!!
    I wish my Dad was still around, he was a biologist and could have said what it was.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2006 #3

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    Click beetle, colloquially, elater or elateridae otherwise. Turn him on his back and wait --- you'll find out what the name means.
     
  5. Jul 24, 2006 #4

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    Those things utterly disgust me.

    - Warren
     
  6. Jul 24, 2006 #5

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    I found out by prodding him (trying to move him to safety) that he could perfom some amazing jumps, and I should have mentioned that. Thanks - it fits really well.

    Edit: This is the guy (the one on the left).
    http://www.stephencresswell.com/s/elaters.html

    I never saw one before, but with the warming trend, there is a lot of stuff in Maine that we have never had when I was a kid.
     
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