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Slime Mold Beetles (larvae)

Slime Mold Beetles (larvae)
Old Fort, McDowell County, North Carolina, USA
These specimens were collected and photographed during the early summer of 2006, approx. date unknown. The environment was among the myxomycete Stemonitis fusca, the larvae seemed to be feeding off of the spores associated with the slime mold, within the sporangia. I am assuming that these are the larvae of a particular Slime Mold beetle, of which there are a few beetles associated with them, slime molds. I am currently researching the mycetozoia that I have photographed in my area from last summer. If anyone can provide a positive identification of these larvae it is or will be, appreciated. Image taken utilizing a Meiji EMZ-13TR stereomicroscope, equippped with a Sony DSC-W5 digital camera. Thanks, Ken

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Figure 6 on page 342 of Stephen A. Marshall's "Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity" shows a larval and adult Cryptic Slime Mold Beetle. The larva is a reasonable match for these.

 
Sime Mold Beetle (larvae)
Fantastic Jim! Maybe I should invest a little more into some books on insects, the only one I presently have is "A Manual for the Study of Insects, Comstock Publishing 1904. Though really out dated, it is still a viable reference. Thanks so much for your help in identifying these larvae, I Googled into the the wee hours and turned up all sorts of slime mold beetles but no reference to any larvae. Thanks again.

Great image, Ken.
I've only collected/photographed adults, having never seen their larvae, so I'm not much help in the ID department. In fact, yours is the first image I've seen of them.

 
Sime Mold Beetle (larvae)
Thanks Jim, I am not sure if these are the larvae of one of the beetles or not. They are so covered with spores it is hard to tell just what they maybe I suppose. I have entertained the thought that they might be the larvae or pupae of a certain species of fly, which has been observed feeding on myxomycetes.

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