Carderock Park, Carderock, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA September 29, 2011 Size: ~6 cm
The first I've seen - I was so excited to find it! I wasn't sure what that big, brightly-colored larva was when I saw it crawling through the leaf litter, so I secured it and brought it home in case I could keep it and watch it metamorphose into whatever apparently large beetle it might become.
Through searching for "huge beetle larva" on the web, though, I managed to find what it was. And then you can imagine my delight when I discovered it glows in the dark! Quite nicely, I might add.
What a fun find! Now if only I could find it some millipedes... I looked under rocks in my yard and found only one, which is surprising considering how many I usually find under there (I did find a cute little salamander and also a flatworm - also exciting!) and I don't know if they're picky about what kind, but it hasn't eaten my offering yet.
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