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Hatchling from mud-covered egg - Chlaenius

Hatchling from mud-covered egg - Chlaenius
Edmonson County, Kentucky, USA
May 29, 2011
Size: 6 mm
On 5/27/2011 I found a number of mud-covered eggs stuck to the undersides of tupelo leaves in a swampy area, at about eye level. I collected three leaves, each with one egg attached, and tonight I found this larva in the container. It's hard to believe that it fit inside one of those egg cases, but one of the egg cases is now empty and there is no other way this larva could have gotten in the container. I know there are several carabid genera that attach mud-covered eggs to vegetation, but I have no idea which one this might be.

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