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What is it? - Photuris

What is it? - Photuris
Wichita, Kansas, USA
September 25, 2010
I would appreciate identification of this insect. It rolls into a ball when disturbed. A sowbug? It has a very long neck when fully extended.

Moved from Photuris larvae.

Moved from Photuris.


This is the larva of a Photur
This is the larva of a Photuris. There are lots of good pictures of this genus in the BugGuide database. There is no taxonomy for them, so if more than one Photuris occur in your area, you'll need to rear it. Should be easy, just feed it snails in a firm sandbox, and it will make a distinctive igloo out of the sand to pupate in. They have also been observed to scavenge, so if you can't find a snail, give it a chicken bone.

Thank you
Thank you for the interesting information. Much appreciated.

Moved from ID Request.

Maybe a Firefly larvae?
I recently collected a few of them, and they are very similar. They are predatory as both adults and as larvae.

I was born in Wichita! And I know that there are always plenty of Fireflies down there. It's hard to identify the exact species, since they all look kinda the same.

Thank you
I appreciate your help. I've identified other firefly larvae, but have never seen one that looked quite like this. I'm strictly an amateur, and not even a good amateur! (Come visit Wichita, it has developed into a nice place to live.)

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