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Stratiomyidae, puparium - Ptecticus trivittatus

Stratiomyidae, puparium - Ptecticus trivittatus
Ames - Tullamore, Story County, Iowa, USA
August 10, 2010
Size: 11 mm
Puparium, dorsal or ventral?

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Puparium
The larvae of Stratiomyidae, Syrphidae and other fly families keep the exoskeleton of the final larval instar, instead of shedding it, and become a puparium, rather than a pupa.

 
But I think
in this case the larva looked a lot like the puparium.
Would the integument be a little less thick/rigid?
Thanks.

 
You are probably right
I began to think that I may be wrong about this. These soldier fly larvae are really weird.

 
Weird and cool.
I just don't know what I'm looking at.

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