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Larva - Enoclerus

Larva - Enoclerus
Big Gypsum Valley near Slickrock Colorado and Utah border, San Miguel County, Colorado, USA
May 28, 2012
desert riparian habitat

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Larva - Enoclerus Larva - Enoclerus

probably Enoclerus --det. W. Opitz
yesss... thanks all.

Moved from Checkered Beetles.

Thanks for all the effort

any time.
figuring out interesting stuff is a pleasure.


Moved from Beetles.

Moved from ID Request.

beetle larva, maybe a melyrid

Trogossitid I think.
They can both have the fixed urogomphi on a plate like that, but melyrids would have a long epicranial stem, which I'm not seeing here.

thanks much, Natter --
you know that stuff much better than i do; however, i'm having hard time imagining any trogossitids in the "desert riparian habitat" (where i would expect quite a few melyrids to occur)

Wherever there are things to feed on :)
I found some in a desert area where a pine tree had fallen. Plenty under the bark. As I said though, melyrids and trogossitids do look a lot alike. Perhaps more close up images of the head could help clear it up, definitely could get a better look for the epicranial stem.

I don't think this species occurs here, but looks similar doesn't it?


you keep messing your links up girl
lost an 'h' the second time )))))

I can't type.
I don't know what my issue is today. I think I've had too much coffee and I'm all hyped up. I fixed it now! I tried to fix the other one but you'd already commented :)

nice link!
thanks. subject to the contributor's followup input & add'l head photos, i'll ask Dr Zaitsev to take a look.

all good points indeed--
for some reason, i figured that habitat as quite devoid of arboreal vegetation, and the larva being part of the ground fauna.
i must not presume too much, i know.

Ugh sorry that URL got messed up.
It usually is devoid of the right vegetation. Here's a good picture of a melyrid head to compare.

See the nice long epicranial stem that then diverts to make a "y" shape? Typical of the family, and I think this specimen lacks that. Hard to see with the glare though.

Really neat
Thanks for all the input, I'll get better pictures up when I go back through my samples (so it could be a while). As far as the vegetation, I got this guy in thick tamarix, a tall woody shrub, so maybe that's what he was feeding on? Only got this one from the whole year too

Was he under the bark or in the wood?
Either way, both families are predators on other arthropods.

we got an adult Trichodes ornatus at the same site, don't know if that could be it

Got my book!
So I don't think it's Trichodes, apparently that genus mostly occurs in bee cells with a few exceptions that feed on grasshopper eggs and are more grub looking. I think this is Enoclerus which are more common in this type of habitat. Definitely Cleridae though.

now, Enoclerus sounds like a winner
the call does explain the entire body of the evidence; i'll ask Jacques to take a look

Oh for the love of...
Why didn't I think of Cleridae earlier?! Ugh. Sorry. I bet that's correct. I dunno about identification farther than family, but check out these images. I've collected clerid larvae that look just like this before. My immature book is in lab, so I'll check tomorrow for the description to make sure.

I caught
Him in a pit trap, so he would of had to be wandering or something to fall in. None of our traps are under any wood, but they are close to tamarix shrub bases which are full of litter and dead sticks

would any further pictures help?

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