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Los Angeles wormlion - Vermileo

Los Angeles wormlion - Vermileo
Duarte, Los Angeles County, California, USA
As far as I can tell, this discovery either represents a dramatic range extension for Vermileo comstocki or a new species. Also see this forum topic. Mr. Nakamoto has a captive larva he has been feeding since August 2009 in hopes of seeing the adult. Here is a video he shot of this larva capturing an ant.

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Great find! I just found some
Great find! I just found some larvae up at lake Tahoe! Try to rear them. I have found adults of V. comstocki in Wrightwood (North of LA). There are only 2 species and they are easy to distinguish, one has white palpi (V opaca) and one has black palpi and is bigger and darker (comstocki). I am always interested if somebody has more locations, because very little is known about the distribution and often they are easier to find as larvae...

 
Range of V. opacus
According to the (old) literature I checked out a while ago, Vermileo opacus has only been found at the head of King's Canyon in Nevada and near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Do you know if it has been found anywhere else?

Also, in case you missed it, in the forum topic I linked to above, there is mention of another location in LA County where larvae have been found.

Wow! Excellent addition to BugGuide!
It is fantastic to finally see some images here of an adult wormlion! Thanks for posting these images Charley, and I'm certain that many of us here on BugGuide would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr. Nakamato for his commitment to raising and documenting this larva.

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