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small red-headed larva

small red-headed larva
Fair Oaks, Sacramento County, California, USA
December 28, 2007
Size: about 8.5 mm
In the rearing container where I keep the live tenebs (plus one ro*ve beetle, one car*abid, and a couple platy*desmids) I brought back from my California Christmas vacation I discovered a surprise. It was crawling with assorted small teneb larvae. I think there may be four or more species present. I've now segregated most of them to see which larva type develops into which teneb species. Those tenebs I kept in number (and therefore likely males and females present) were Nycto*poris, Ele*odes littora*lis, Eul*abis bicar*inata, Cibde*lis, and another species I never got around to posting. In addition, there's an outside chance of this rough-textured Eleo*des, this Ap*sena, or this Phlo*eodes di*abolicum having been gravid females when captured and producing offspring. All three were solitary representatives of their species in my live collection although I think the Ap*sena died in the first month.

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Moved from Darkling Beetles.

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