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Caterpillar? Larva?

Caterpillar? Larva?
Saint Albans/Kanawha Terrace Mobile Home Park/Skyview Drive, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
April 4, 2006
Size: 5/32 inch
Habitat:Eastern woodlands/Flower garden/Plant leaf

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Caterpillar? Larva? Caterpillar? Larva?


Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Maybe a beetle larva? What kind of leaf was it on?

Parallel veins
mean it's a monocot. Recognizable flowers eliminates grasses, palms, sedges, aroids, etc. I don't think I can narrow it much further without more information, but, what the heck: an iris, maybe? Just a blind stab-in-the dark guess.

Good guess!

Lepidoptera or syrphid?
I'm thinking it is either a lepidopteran (like one of the hairstreaks), or the larva of one of the aphid-eating syrphid flies. Need more detail to tell for certain I would think.

I don't know the name of the flower, which is a cultivated flower. Since the plants are infested with aphids I would assume that's why this larva is there.
Mr. Fox Two

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