A March terrestrial option?

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  1. riseform

    riseform Active Member

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    Red flat bark beetle (if my Google search is correct) found in Cle Elum yesterday. Apparently very resistant to cold temps.

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    Bert Registered Potamophile

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    Whoa. That bug already looks like it was made out of 2 mm foam.
     
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    Cool. I don't think I've ever seen one.
     
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    Invasive or native?

    A quick search says native... That begs for a red foam fly with black accents
     
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    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    got some serious jaws, too!
     
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    Hey, where a outs.. I live here.
     
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    I found that in a wood pile near Swauk creek. Interesting critter. They are not harmful to trees, eat invasive beetles and larvae by navigating their existing tunnels and can produce a natural antifreeze that allows them to survive extreme low temps. Given they winter under bark, I think I'd try them just downstream of an active beaver community.
     
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    Thanks I may try them in the ponds I know.
     
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    how big was it?
     
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    From what I've read, they range from about 10-14 mm. This one was on the large side and I'd guess 14 mm was correct.

    I saw you're tying one in the beetle swap. Although not photographed, the underside was also red.
     

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