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Vermileo larva from a new station - Vermileo comstocki

Vermileo larva from a new station - Vermileo comstocki
Bootleg Campground, off US-395 between Sonora Jct & Walker, Mono County, California, USA
August 4, 2017
The tiny black head is retracted here, and only visible as a "point" (looking like a sand-grain on the right-end).

Note also that Vermileo larvae have (somewhat inconspicuous) transverse "combs" of stiff bristles (barely visible in the photo above), located dorsally about one-eighth the way from the tip of the abdomen, and ventrally about one-quarter. These bristle-combs help anchor the larvae in the sand while they struggle to subdue prey. Also, there's a single "pseudo-pod" on the ventral side on the larvae which is used to help grasp prey...not visible in my photos here, but see the post below:

   

Both the stiff-haired combs and the (slightly retracted) pseudo-pod are also visible in Graham's post below:

   

This illustrative YouTube video shows a Vermileo writhing in its pit while capturing an ant.

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