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Beetle larva -- Rhantus sp? - Laccophilus

Beetle larva -- Rhantus sp? - Laccophilus
Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
May 26, 2009
Size: 5 mm
I believe this is a beetle larva of genus Rhantus.

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Moved
Moved from Laccophilus.

Laccophilus
Based on what I can make out of the antennae. The outermost antennal segment seems to be much shorter than the second-to-last segment. Nice find!

 
Thank you...
Thank you very much, Tim. Late yesterday afternoon, after it stopped raining, I ran out with my dip net and took a single sample from the very edge of a small sump hole behind our local Arby's. (I avoided, as best I could, the hamburger wrappers and styrofoam cups.) When I dumped the contents of the net into a plastic basin, four or five of these larvae turned up, along with a first-instar green darner larva, a mature damselfly larva, a pupa I couldn't identify, numerous midge larvae, hundreds of very small water fleas, and who knows what else. I stopped examining the contents after ten minutes. I observed the little darner attack [unsuccessfully] one of the water fleas. Thanks again. -- Dave