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About larvae

Stag beetle larva, Lucanus cervus

The larvae of insects include leather jackets, maggots, grubs and nymphs.

The larval stages of invertebrates vary greatly in form although they are always wingless and tend to be soft bodied and pale or cream in colour. Legs may be absent, reduced or well formed.

The length of their life cycle depends on the group of insects they belong to and also on temperature and the quality of available food. Prolific species including some flies can complete a life cycle in just under two weeks. However, some caterpillars and beetles that feed on dead wood can take five years or more to complete a full cycle.

Number of UK species: about 27,000

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Re: Is this some kind of lady bug ? 2 weeks ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: larvae ? 2 weeks ago by Sarah Sarah
Re: Leafhopper nymph? 3 weeks ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Is this a cranefly? or horsefly? Or something else 1 month ago by Jensleydale Jensleydale
Re: Dug up in an orchard - what is it?! 1 month ago by Salla Salla
Re: Slimy 'something' on a leaf! 2 months ago by Beesting Beesting
Re: cave life 3 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Identification help please 3 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone identify this larvae please? 3 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Unknown larvae in my greenhouse, please help! 3 months ago by bee3 bee3
Re: Identification help 3 months ago by tankgreen tankgreen
Melyrid larva? 4 months ago by tomhsyek tomhsyek
Re: PLEASE TELL ME I'M REALLY REAL PLEASE! 4 months ago by Microbe Microbe
Re: need help identifying larva found under floorboards 7 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Never seen one of these before. Anyone know what it is? 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: mystery larvae 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Is this a Vapourer Moth Caterpillar? 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
X3 BUCKETS OF RAIN WATER X1 FULL OF LARVAE? 7 months ago by Microbe Microbe
Re: Cupboard dwelling maggots? 8 months ago by Microbe Microbe
Re: Need help identifying these please. 10 months ago by Wortmaggot Wortmaggot
Please Could Someone Identify This Caterpillar? 10 months ago by Wortmaggot Wortmaggot
Re: Bug with aerial 11 months ago by Buz Buz
Re: Identification help of larvae (I think) 1 year ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Elephant hawk moth larvae 1 year ago by Ivan Ivan
Re: Glossomatidae larvae? 1 year ago by bombuslucorum - Museum ID team bombuslucorum  - Museum ID team
Helpf with larvae ID please 1 year ago by dedee dedee
Re: Can someone please identify these sheddings 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone tell me what this beastie is please? 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Larva under some bark 1 year ago by grantburleigh grantburleigh
Re: Can somebody identify this larvae please? 1 year ago by fiona42 fiona42

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