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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 a beetle larvae? 19 hours ago by twilight.amoeba twilight.amoeba
Saw these larvae in my chicken coop- help please! 1 week ago by EmilyI EmilyI
Re: about 8 prickly larvae found on bedroom floor 5 months ago by Paul Paul
Re: Can anyone tell me what these are? 5 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Larvae identification help needed! 6 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Any Idea what this is? 7 months ago by asinweekend asinweekend
Re: could you help with identification of this ugly bug please? 7 months ago by simon simon
Sawfly larvae? which species? 7 months ago by Ratatoskr Ratatoskr
Re: Black bugs in runner beans...not blackfly!! 7 months ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Unusual Larvae - not a handsome chap 9 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: elephant hawkmoth larvae or not? 9 months ago by Steve Jelf Steve Jelf
Re: massive larvae of some sort. 9 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: UK garden monster 9 months ago by stevenet150 stevenet150
Is this some type of lavae? 11 months ago by Pete Pete
White Alderfly Lavae? 11 months ago by Pete Pete
Phygelis bush pest 11 months ago by Yorkiej Yorkiej
Re: Huge larvae needs ID 11 months ago by Mr.me Mr.me
Truly Weird . What is it? 1 year ago by Gargoyle Gargoyle
Re: Is this some kind of lady bug ? 1 year ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: larvae ? 1 year ago by Sarah Sarah
Re: Leafhopper nymph? 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Is this a cranefly? or horsefly? Or something else 1 year ago by Jensleydale Jensleydale
Re: Dug up in an orchard - what is it?! 1 year ago by Salla Salla
Re: Slimy 'something' on a leaf! 1 year ago by Beesting Beesting
Re: cave life 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Identification help please 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone identify this larvae please? 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Unknown larvae in my greenhouse, please help! 1 year ago by bee3 bee3
Re: Identification help 1 year ago by tankgreen tankgreen
Melyrid larva? 1 year ago by tomhsyek tomhsyek

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