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Richfield, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA
December 31, 2005
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Wireworm Wireworm


Moved from Darkling Beetles.

Moved from Click Beetles.

This larva is not Elateridae, but . . .
Tenebrionidae in the wider sense (including Alleculidae).


beleive you have the larvae o
beleive you have the larvae of a click beetle, know as "wireworm"

--- to email, get rid of the BUGS

Very nice!
It is indeed a click beetle larva. That posterior shot cinches it. Also, in this shot the head looks a little more forward-directed.

I believe most click beetle larvae that live in rotting wood eat other insect larvae, such as darkling and longhorn beetle larvae. This always presented me with a difficult choice, since I wanted to rear *all* the larvae! I recall once viewing a very unhealthy-looking darkling beetle larva in a rearing container that I assumed had expired. I was momentarily relieved when I saw it move. Then two smaller click beetle larvae crawled out of the hollow husk of the darkling larva and I realized I had witnessed the end of a dinner.

Boy, I've got a lot to learn about larvae.
What I thought I knew just isn't true.

I'll move it to the click beetle guide page.

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