I went to Madera Canyon today. With snow on Mt Wrighston and an overcast sky, not many insects were active.
|Argoporis costipennis (?), Eleodes subnitens (?), Metoponium sp.|
|Marginitermes hubbardi (Light Western Drywood Termite)|
|Sycamore, still alive and standing with rotting stump hole|
Sorting through the debris, I found parts of the elytra, the pronotum and some sternites of a buprestid beetle. There was just enough to deduce that it had been a big female of the blue footed Lampetis webbii. The pieces in the bottom left corner belong to this beetle.
|Gymnetina howdeni Warner and Ratcliffe|
|Stenopelmatus sp., Jerusalem Cricket|
Now I can speculate what kind of drama happened here. Are the beetle parts remains of females that oviposited and then died of old age? Or were helpless young beetles killed while they were waiting in their pupal chambers for spring to arrive? Was the Jerusalem cricket the culprit?