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Larva--Moth?  Gelechioidea?

Larva--Moth? Gelechioidea?
Española, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, USA
April 12, 2009
Size: 1 inch long
It moved along at a good clip, for a larva. When disturbed, it would suddenly thrash once or twice, or play dead (unless I'd stunned it).

I find these every spring on the soil or just under it (I think). I may be able to get another picture if this one doesn't show something important.

I'm hoping to find out what it eats, especially which of my flowers it wants to annihilate. But I have the feeling these pictures aren't good enough to get the species.

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Larva--Moth?  Gelechioidea? Larva--Moth?  Gelechioidea?

Alleculinae, i suppose
a darkling beetle in any case

 
Oh, okay.
Lots of darkling beetles around here. How can I learn to tell beetle larvae from Lepidoptera larvae and others?

 
Many characteristics
Lepidoptera have prolegs, Coleoptera don't. Leps are also usually really fleshy and soft while some Coleoptera are soft and some are more sclerotized (outer skin is harder) like this guy. I could go on and on and on :) Just take a look at some of the pictures on the guide and you'll start to see a lot of the differences.

 
I see
I actually had the impression from its movement that it had prolegs, though I never got a good look or picture. Anwyay, thanks for the answer and thanks to v belov for the identification.

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