Need help identifying larva!
Posted 07 January 2018 - 11:53 AM
Posted 18 January 2018 - 06:11 PM
Zenoa picea? I think that picea's larval tail end is supposed to be highly distinctive or something.
Hisserdude has pics somewhere on his blog, where he kept it in wood and raised it to adulthood. Bugguide may have range distribution info (so you can confirm/reject my guess based on location).
Note: Contracta's larval "spoontail" is apparently also distinctive enough to ID it undoubtedly in the US, based on bugguide comments. Most darkling larvae cannot be ID'd until adulthood. This one, of course, isn't contracta, since tail isn't concave.
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 07:26 PM
And one more thing...
Submit it to bugguide's ID request. There are only two different picea larvae pictured on bugguide, and one of them was Hisserdude's. If my identification is correct, all the bugguide experts will drool like water fountains!
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 09:46 PM
Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:04 PM
Ok thanks y’all (I’m a southern boy don’t judge) I think it’s definitely zenoa picea (it looks just like it) and I’m kind of disappointed lol. Also, has anyone ever actually bred tarpela micans? Or seen any larvae? If anyone wants to try, I find decent numbers in the spring usually. Thanks!
I think a couple of people have collected adults and tried to breed them, but none have succeeded in getting the females to oviposit... I'm not sure anyone's ever photographed a T.micans larva TBH.
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