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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: Pupa Identification please 1 week ago by Emma B Emma B
Coleoptera larvae 3 weeks ago by Elham Elham
Re: What will this turn into please 3 weeks ago by SMC SMC
Re: ID help with hairy larvae 1 month ago by triops triops
Re: Can you identify this please 1 month ago by triops triops
Re: what is this? 1 month ago by Mulberoo Mulberoo
Re: Help Identify possible Larvae 2 months ago by coop coop
Bug baby on my hazel 3 months ago by Hoops Hoops
Re: What is this white/translucent with brown back, larva/worm creature I found on my lettuce? 4 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Correction 4 months ago by Les Gradwell Les Gradwell
Hymenoptera ID please 4 months ago by Les Gradwell Les Gradwell
ID please 5 months ago by Les Gradwell Les Gradwell
Re: bug 5 months ago by triops triops
unidentifed larva 5 months ago by colle020601 colle020601
unidentified larva 5 months ago by colle020601 colle020601
Re: Larva identification please 6 months ago by geff.2007 geff.2007
Re: Berkshire moth 6 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Can anyone identify this grub? 6 months ago by DW22 DW22
is this a beetle larva? 7 months ago by PaulR PaulR
Re: I.D for a Tiny Larvae 7 months ago by Atomix Atomix
Re: Larvae for ID 8 months ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: Strange Mass and Larvae 8 months ago by Rowan Rowan
Strange Mass and Larvae 8 months ago by Rowan Rowan
Re: Bug larvae in slime on holly leaf, picture taken early november south northumberland, any ideas? 9 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: ID Request: Mass of small larve found in lawn 1 year ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Moth Larvae? 1 year ago by Snakeydan Snakeydan
Re: Larva id request 1 year ago by peterb peterb
Re: Can someone please help in identifying this bug?? 1 year ago by adamw969 adamw969
Re: Larva for ID 1 year ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: Pupa ID please 1 year ago by CambridgePPF Nature CambridgePPF Nature

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