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Mystery insect in a hole

Mystery insect in a hole
Fuquay-Varina, Harnett County, North Carolina, USA
June 22, 2012
Size: 5mm (3/16")
If you can enlarge the photo, you'll see that this little critter has positioned itself upside down across the hole (ventral side up). Some kind of beetle? I measured the depth of the hole with a pine needle - it's about 2" deep.

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And this is what they look like out of the burrow:


I think this is a tiger beetl
I think this is a tiger beetle larva. What you're seeing is actually the head, which is very strangely shaped. Their heads form a trap door of sorts and when a prey item walks over it, they are dragged into the burrow.

 
Mystery bug in a hole
Thank you - this is fantastic! I see the adults frequently.

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