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big free-roaming teneb larva - Coelocnemis

big free-roaming teneb larva - Coelocnemis
Cool, El Dorado County, California, USA
December 26, 2007
Size: about 42 mm
Found under boards loosely stacked on soil. It was roaming around among various teneb adults (all much smaller) in a woodpile cavity. It did not seek to hide or burrow but instead wandered around investigating it surroundings. This is similar to another large tenebrionid larva that I found very near this site a few years ago in that it has intricate spiny tail-end tubercles in addition to simple tail hooks.

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Moved
Moved from Darkling Beetles.

Coelometopini gen. sp. (Teneb
Coelometopini gen. sp. (Tenebrionidae). Possibly Nycrobates, although I am not sure if it occurs in California

 
I recently check StGeorge pap
I recently check StGeorge paper on Tenebrionidae larvae of North America, this larva appears to be of Coelocnemis!

 
Yes, that sounds familiar.
I suspect it is one of the "skunk beetles" whose head-stands and smelly secretions would certainly ruin my appetite and I don't even eat beetles if I can help it ;-)

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