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PostSubject: Is this even a caterpillar?   11/16/2016, 10:54 am

I found if him tucked up in a ball under my kyak in the dirt?  Any ideas what it is? I actually couldn't tell you whether it's a caterpillar or not? I don't think so?


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PostSubject: Re: Is this even a caterpillar?   11/17/2016, 10:09 am

I am now thinking this is a carrion beetle larva (Silphidae), the body shape is right , but a little dark for what I had. However colors in insects may vary really depending on temperature and location.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this even a caterpillar?   11/17/2016, 11:14 am

Yeah, google pics match perfectly, other than the color part of it like you said.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this even a caterpillar?   11/17/2016, 12:43 pm

I don't think so. The pics I have seen seem to have the larger end with the head and the smaller end with the abdomen. To me, yours looks like the opposite (might not be the case). Looks more to me like a soldier beetle larva.
In any case, most certainly a beetle larva.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this even a caterpillar?   11/18/2016, 9:54 am

I really can only ID the actual beetle, not the larvae
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PostSubject: Re: Is this even a caterpillar?   12/1/2016, 7:17 pm

It's actually a solider beetle larva, family Cantharidae, like Mothman said.
The larvae are carnivorous on soft bodied invertebrates, and the adults eat nectar and insects.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this even a caterpillar?   12/4/2016, 8:37 pm

Can I keep the larvae together, and in what? I keep finding more.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this even a caterpillar?   12/4/2016, 10:33 pm

I'd say no, since they are predatory I'd keep them separately. A small deli cup filled with an inch or so of coconut fiber should work, these guys like to burrow. Offer pre-killed prey such as mealworms, roaches or crickets.
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