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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: Can someone please help in identifying this bug?? 4 weeks ago by adamw969 adamw969
Re: Larva for ID 1 month ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: Pupa ID please 1 month ago by CambridgePPF Nature CambridgePPF Nature
Re: Bug ID please 2 months ago by Les Gradwell Les Gradwell
Pupa case identification 3 months ago by Freaky_Beaky Freaky_Beaky
Re: Can anyone identify these cocoons?eggs? 4 months ago by flecc flecc
Can anyone help identify these cocoons? Eggs? 4 months ago by Vfairs Vfairs
Re: Can someone please help me identify 4 months ago by taragrimes taragrimes
Re: ID? 6 months ago by Pralinsky Pralinsky
Re: Can you identify this larva (?) please? 7 months ago by Kevin Kevin
Re: Found a larvae in clothes - ID request please 8 months ago by Les Gradwell Les Gradwell
Re: Bug found in our house?? Does anyone know what it is? 11 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Request ID for Grey Larvae found outside apartment on column 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Any idea what this strange bug (poss larvae) is? 1 year ago by Pete Pete
Re: ID please 1 year ago by Les Gradwell Les Gradwell
Re: Can anyone help me to identify these. 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Does anyone know what this is 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Found these cocoons and grubs amongst Cedar Shingles (for roofing; originally from Canada) today 19.06.15. They have been stacked in our garden near Basingstoke since we took delivery of them last year. What are they please ? 1 year ago by Charley Charley
Re: Strange Larve in Office? 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Is this a beetle larvae? 1 year ago by twilight.amoeba twilight.amoeba
Saw these larvae in my chicken coop- help please! 1 year ago by EmilyI EmilyI
Re: about 8 prickly larvae found on bedroom floor 1 year ago by Paul Paul
Re: Can anyone tell me what these are? 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Larvae identification help needed! 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Any Idea what this is? 1 year ago by asinweekend asinweekend
Re: could you help with identification of this ugly bug please? 1 year ago by simon simon
Sawfly larvae? which species? 1 year ago by Ratatoskr Ratatoskr
Re: Black bugs in runner beans...not blackfly!! 1 year ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Unusual Larvae - not a handsome chap 2 years ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: elephant hawkmoth larvae or not? 2 years ago by Steve Jelf Steve Jelf

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