Every time I look at this picture, I think that this beetle is wearing a black suit and going off to work. Nice creases and pressings. Crisp. Business like. Single minded, even. (Everything I am not.)
We saw this beetle, a Horned passalus if my identification is correct, at the end of our day at Roundrock. We were packing up to head back home to suburbia when I spotted him on the big log beside our shelter. (The place where I leave all of the peanuts.) It was ambling along the log, away from the peanuts, and catching a little bit of sun.
What I’ve read about these beetles says that they are commonly associated with rotting logs, so this was an ideal location for it. This makes me wonder how many of these beetles I might have at Roundrock. If each fallen snag harbored a colony of them, I could have hundreds of thousands of them. Odd that after all the years I’ve wandered about my woods, this is the first time I’ve ever seen one. I love it when fresh discoveries keep coming along.
(The Latin name for this critter makes me think of loose teeth.)
- Average day of last frost in southern Missouri.