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Jun 27, 2010 5:23 PM

Unknown larva

Can anyone identify this larva?  It was found under the bark of a dead Ash tree in Somerset at the beginning of March this year.

 

 

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    Jun 28, 2010 9:15 AM (in response to poldens)
    Re: Unknown larva
    This is the larva of one of the Cardinal beetles, Pyrochroa sp (Coleoptera: Pyrochroidae). This is an early instar (stages or larval molt), they become more golden brown as they mature. They live beneath the lose bark of fallen trees where they feed on other invertebrates and are on of the many beetles associated with this important dead wood (saproxylic) habitat.
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