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Photo#254856
Omus larva?

Omus larva?
near West Salem, Polk County, Oregon, USA
February 23, 2009
Size: ~3cm
Found under a railroad tie near a prairie & marsh area. Head width was 4.5mm.

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Omus larva? Omus larva? Omus larva?

Need to see...
...the hook pattern on the fifth abdominal segment. Omus spp. larvae have 3 pairs of hooks, while Cicindela (s. lat.) have two pair with the outer pair longer and curved. I can't really make out the hook pattern in this image, and for some reason a larger version is not showing when I click on it.

No doubt a predator
you could try raising it with night crawlers etc.

 
Definitely Cicindelidae, but
Definitely Cicindelidae, but I'm not sure about Omus. Most of the larvae have not been described.

 
That's why I was hoping he'd raise it.

 
Well...
it would be interesting to raise it up but I'd need some information on raising this type of larva. Obviously they are predatory but what does their diet naturally compose of? Are there any special housing conditions needed (like decaying wood or....) than just being in a container with some moss & soil debris? Also will it need anything special to transform like a fake drought or rainy season? Let me know and I'll be glad to do my best.
Sincerely,
Mark

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