Snail eater

When Patrick and I were out collecting in Massachusetts for Gymnusa, we found a spot with Scaphinotus scrambling up and down tree trunks in search of snails. Typical behavior for the snail-eat’n Scaphinotus. These large and beautiful beetles are a sign of a healthy forests. They seem to be associated with relatively old and undisturbed forests.

Scaphinotus sp., they like snails.

Scaphinotus sp., they like snails.

I remember Jim telling me at Cornell that our local collecting spot, Six Mile Creek, sported historical records from the mid 1900’s, but has never produced an individual since, despite the location being a relatively active site for entomological collecting. This charismatic beetle is presumably extinct in Ithaca, NY.

I heard a Celtic band do a rendition of this song and reminded me that I was really into it in high school. Come on, we’ve all ransacked our parents’ music.

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