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Phengodidae (Glow Worm) - Zarhipis - female

Phengodidae (Glow Worm) - Zarhipis - Female
Monterey, Monterey County, California, USA
October 10, 2006
Size: About 1 and a half inches
I found this caterpillar in my room on the carpet! The closest thing to it is a Cinnabar caterpillar, but this caterpillar doesn't have hair or black legs like the cinnabar. In addition, the black bands don't go around the entire body, unlike the cinnabar. I can't find any pictures that closely resemble this caterpillar! I would love to figure out what it is.

Zarhipis sp.
At that locality, almost has to be in the genus Zarhipis. I've moved to that guide page.

I let her go
Well, I decided to let her go, since I couldn't find any millipedes. I must have lifted up 50 rocks and logs in search of them, but couldn't find a single one. I did find some in my garage, but there is poison in there for pests, so I didn't want to feed a poisoned millipede to the Glow Worm.

Thanks for IDing her for me guys. I was glad to get pictures and see her glow in the dark. :)

This may well be the adult, but cetainly female at this size. The males are pretty puny and *look* like beetles. They fly. The females remain wingless and larva-shaped, even after they mature.

btw, I thought it was fitting that lightning hunter finds lightning maker :-)

Kinda looks like a phengogid larvae.


Wow! I just realized this gu
Wow! I just realized this guy glows in the dark! He/she is a beautiful glowworm. Does anyone know what they eat exactly?

These guys, as far as I know, prey on millipedes.

Maybe not Lepidopteran
This doesn't really look like a caterpillar to me, and I am thinking it is the larva of some other order, maybe Beetle? Perhaps someone will recognize it.

I Hadn't thought of beetle La
I Hadn't thought of beetle Larvae! I have this guy in a small container right now. I'm thinking that maybe I can figure out how to care for it... Would be kind of cool watching it transform into a beetle (if that is what it is). someone would need to ID it fast though, otherwise I will let it go.

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