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500893 beetle larva Carabid? - Dicaelus

500893 beetle larva Carabid? - Dicaelus
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
August 21, 2004
Size: ~1"

Chu no help
H.F. Chu's How to Know the Immature Insects contains drawings of beetle larvae for many families, but none resembles this one. The head reminds me of a lampyrid larva.

Not carabid.
Here's what a carabid larva looks like:

 
5000893 Carabid
I am not sure that if it doesn't look like the one you have, that it can't be one also. As the family has probably thousands of diverse species in several subfamilies in NA, as different in form as Scarites, Agonum, Galerita, Scaphinotus, etc, I would think that the larvae might be diverse also. Other than that it doesn't resemble the one you depicted are there characters that rule it out?

 
Well said!
Yes, carabids are very diverse both as adults and larvae. I suspect this is either a carabid or staphylinid larva.

 
This has been confirmed as a
This has been confirmed as a Carabid, and I may be able to get genus.

 
Good
I hope to learn something here.

 
This matches Dicaelus in the
This matches Dicaelus in the tribe Licinini of Carabidae.

 
Reference?
Great to know! Could you state an online or printed reference?

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