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Insect larva of some kind? - Cycloneda

Insect larva of some kind? - Cycloneda
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
April 18, 2010
Size: .5 inch approx.

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Moved from ID Request.

I'm guessing Cycloneda
When I get home to my Cycloneda larval key, I'll be more certain about what it is or isn't. But those long, long forelegs suggest Cycloneda, along with the sort of "zip up the back" look of all those pale dorsal patches. (I know, that's not scientific terminology, but it is my mental shorthand!)

lady beetle, Coccinellidae
Looks like an earlier instar, so may difficult to ID. We'll see what Abigail or others have to say.

My guess
Coleomegilla maculata lengi, but just a guess.

Maybe ...
... also consider Pro.qua. - they do sometimes come in "orange" too and the colour pattern could just about fit for an early instar (late instars will have the whole lateral row of brushes mostly clear). It's uncanny how similar these are: The shape/width of the central spots on the thorax and the row of clear(ish) patches over the center of the abdomen and the missing clear spots in the frontal corners of the pronotum seem to suggest Propylea. The sides seem to be in favour of Coleomegilla, but might still fit for early instar Propyea too? I shouldn't be talking however as I don't know the nearctic species at all. Good thing you don't have Oenopia to further complicate comparison :o)

P.S. Having had a closer look at all the fine images of Coleomegilla larvae I'm pretty sure I couldn't make that fit even if I were desperate ;o) ... For European standards it's a bit "uncomfortable" for Pro.qua. too. Any other options in the states?

P.P.S. Hmmmm I'm getting more and more confused. Probably best to doubt myself first, but I'm also beginning to develop a sneaking suspicion some/many of the images in the guide may be "confused"??

Larvae with very similar markings to the one in thes ID request are foremost found in the Cycloneda such as these:
but they all look similar so I wouldn't hazard a guess toward species.

Also, I've found these two similar looking ones (but slightly doubting the IDs):
"Coelophora inaequalis" (Variable Lady Beetle)??
"Olla v-nigrum" (Ashy Gray Lady Beetle)??

And then there are some similar ones (with missing white on the lateral brushes of Ab2-3) listed under Propylea too, such as these:

In my own images of Pro.qua. larvae I'm having real trouble finding any without any white/orange on Ab2+3 lateral AND at the same time such well developed white/orange over the rest of the body.

My current take on the matter would be that the one at hand is some Cycloneda and that some of the images listed above are questionable IDs and also that there are probably some Propylea mixed in with the Cycloneda too, such as this one maybe?:
Edit: Too hasty again. Just read the comments by Abigail with that one and this one, so that should be C. polita alright I suppose. Very close to Propylea indeed :o)

The key feature to Propylea,
The key feature to Propylea, I've always found, is the pointed terminal projection on A9. Cycloneda and Olla don't have that. The other black and white larva w/ the A9 projection is Calvia 14-guttata, but it has thick conical senti on every segment. It's not smooth and lightly setaceous like Propylea.

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