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New Brunswick, Queens Co., Central Hampstead, 45.6575°N, 66.1412°W, 13.VII.2006, S. Makepeace & R. Webster, hardwood ridge, in nest of barred owl in tree hole (1, RWC); Central Hampstead, 13.VIII.2007, S. Makepeace, near house (1,RWC); Grand Lake Meadows P.N.A., 45.8227°N, 66.1209°W, 29.VI–12.VII.2010, R. Webster, C. MacKay, M. Laity, & R. Johns, old silver maple forest with green ash and seasonally flooded marsh, Lindgren funnel trap (1, AFC); same locality data and forest type, 19.VII–5.VIII.2011, 5-17.VIII.2011, 17–30.VIII.2011, M. Roy & V. Webster, Lindgren funnel traps in forest canopy (14, AFC, NBM, RWC). York Co., Skiff Lake, 15.VIII.1962 (1, AFC); Fredericton, Smythe St. extension, 5.VIII.1945, F. G. Cuming (1 AFC); Fredericton, 8.VIII.1973, 2.VIII.1977 (2, AFC); Douglas, 24.VII.1975 (1, AFC); Charters Settlement, 45.8395°N, 66.7391°W, 30.VII.1993, 13.VIII.2004, R. P. Webster (on ground near house) (2, NBM, RWC).
Collection and habitat data
Larvae of Osmoderma species live in decaying wood in the heart of trunks and branches of old and often declining hardwood trees (Packard 1890; Hoffman 1939). Osmoderma eremicola with habitat data were collected from the nest contents of a barred owl nesting in a tree hole and on the ground near homesteads. Most (14) individuals were captured in Lindgren funnel traps deployed in the mid canopy of large silver maples in an old silver swamp. Adults were collected during July and August.
Distribution in Canada and Alaska
ON, QC, NB, NS (McNamara 1991).
- Webster, R; Sweeney, J; DeMerchant, I; 2012: New Coleoptera Records from New Brunswick, Canada: Geotrupidae and Scarabaeidae ZooKeys, 179: 27-40. doi
- Packard A (1890) Insects injurious to forest and shade trees. Fifth Report, U.S. Entomological Commission, 957 pp.
- Hoffman C (1939) The biology and taxonomy of the nearctic species of Osmoderma (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 32: 510-525.
- McNamara J (1991) Family Scarabaeidae: scarab beetles. In: Bousquet Y (Ed) Checklist of beetles of Canada and Alaska. Publication 1861/E, Agriculture Canada, Research Branch, Ottawa, Ontario, 145–158.