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Photo#297207
Little Cat - Morrisonia confusa

Little Cat - Morrisonia confusa
Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
June 30, 2009
He was on my door frame last night and on my door step the night before. Is he Lepidoptera or Diptera?

Hopefully you will get an expert response
but here is our rough interpretation:

Diptera larvae tend not to have legs at all -- maggots
Coleoptera larvae have the six true legs on the thorax
Lepidoptera larvae have a pair of legs on each of the three thoracic segments. Then they have as many as four pair of prolegs on abdominal segments three thru six as yours does here. And finally they have a pair of anal prolegs on segment ten.
Sawfly larvae have more than four pair of abdominal prolegs.
Just seat of the pants, but hope it helps.

 
That does help, thanks!
Should I move it back out of when I put it so it can be noticed? Or do things get noticed even when filed?

 
It is fine to leave it where it is.
Many people examine the new image postings by looking through RECENT, so they will see it wherever it is placed. Others will examine specialty places and will examine particular species. We think it is fine where it is until someone says otherwise.

 
Oh good, thanks
I had forgotten about "Recent". =)

Has all the prolegs in the right place
for lep. What do you think of the possibility of a young Morrisonia confusa? See

 
That def. looks like it
and about the right size. Thanks! And for the minor lesson - I wasn't sure what to look for to differentiate between Lep and Dip. =)

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