Mt. St. Helens/Beetle (tenebrionid)

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In the 25 years since the 1980 eruption, ground-dwelling beetle communities have changed as the habitat changed. (Beetle shown here has no common name.) The early pioneer species were replaced by caterpillar-hunting beetle species as the plant cover increased and moth caterpillars fed on the plants (photo by Charlie Crisafulli).
In the 25 years since the 1980 eruption, ground-dwelling beetle communities have changed as the habitat changed. (Beetle shown here has no common name.) The early pioneer species were replaced by caterpillar-hunting beetle species as the plant cover increased and moth caterpillars fed on the plants (photo by Charlie Crisafulli).