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Coccinellid larva - Cycloneda

Coccinellid larva - Cycloneda
Jackson County, Texas, USA
May 21, 2009
Size: 6 mm

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just a suggestion...
I've been ID'ing Cycloneda larvae all day, and this looks a) very much like a Cycloneda species, and b) completely unlike the three species established in North America. There are many more species in Central and South America, and I found a larval photo from Chile that looks an awful lot like yours. Scroll to the bottom of this page.

I'm not saying that it is that species, but the similarities are striking. You're about as close to Central America as North America gets, with the huge seaports at Galveston and Corpus Christi nearby - perhaps this larva's parent(s) wandered or hitched a ride north.

updated link
The link to the Cycloneda larva in Chile, C. germainii, is now here:

This is still only a "boy that looks similar" speculation, but I wanted to update that potential species link.

Thanks, Abigail! I'm as curio
Thanks, Abigail! I'm as curious as you are about what my bug might be :-)

That's ...
... a tantalizing thought! I followed that link, and the larva does look very similar.

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