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No apparent legs, large head with what look to be two compound eyes, possible breathing holes on both lateral sides of the first small segment after the larger. 2 mm long white bristles dispersed over entire body.


Fell out of a piece of firewood (hardwood) I was chopping.


Strangest thing I have seen in a long time. I assume it to be some sort of wood boring beetle but not sure what kind.

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Davidbygott 8 years ago

Try metallic jewel beetles, Buprestidae, aka flat-head borers

Sara9 8 years ago

Yes, that larger section is definitely more like a thorax section. Its head does extend from that though. Looked at it using a stereo scope on 30X def. no legs.
Thanks for commenting :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

oh sorry I see the bristles are 2mm

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Interesting find. Do you mean 2cm instead of 2mm? I think what you call a head might not be the head and the eyes are probably not those large pale yellow patches. I think I can see 6 thoracic legs when I zoom the pic so the head might be a very tiny thing on the front of that big lump.... ?? I agree it is possibly a beetle larva

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Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Nov 16, 2014
Submitted on Nov 16, 2014

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