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unknown bug in case - Anomoea laticlavia

unknown bug in case - Anomoea laticlavia
Donalds, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
April 23, 2004
I've been wondering what this is ever since I found this guy last year. The case appears to be made out of mud or dirt.

Leaf beetle larva?
I think this might be the larva of a leaf beetle in the subfamily Chlamisinae. Very nice image!

leaf beetle
Dr Moldenke says this guy is a leaf-beetle in the Clytrinae. A group. I'm not sure how clytrinae is related to chlamisinae! thanks for your interest. I'll look out for more of these guys next spring.

leaf beetle
Dr Moldenke followed up with:

Not knowing anything about where you caught it, I can only guess -- but at that size and shape it is probably Anomoea laticlavia laticlavia-- which is probably associated with ants of the genus Formica usually. The adult is bright yellow with black edging to the elytra.

Definitely Anomoea larva. The
Definitely Anomoea larva. The ridges at the entrance of the case are distinctive.

Moved to the right guide page following Dr Moldenke's ID. Nice addition to the guide.

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