Ometeo Posted January 12, 2012 Report Share Posted January 12, 2012 Hello all, I wanted to see if any of you knows of any respectable sources for pictures of the larvae of Cerambycids in the United States, mainly the Cerambycidae of California. Some background info. Not long ago I went hiking and collecting for wood. Some of the wood pieces contained medium-large size Cerambycidae larvae which I decided to collect and bring home for rearing. It has been some months now, and the larvae has grown, now reaching close to 2" in extended length (full length of larvae as it extends itself in order to bury into the wood), and nearly 1/2" in width. I have found some rather good information regarding Cerambycidae in California (a bit over 300 species known in the state), some which included species native to the local mountain ranges, but I am yet to encounter any info which shows larval characters or descriptions. The larvae was found in fallen oak, that is unfortunately all the info I have as to the host plant since I did not think to further identify it upon collection. The larvae has eight spiracles on either side, plus the large sclerotized patch(?) present in most beetle larvae, six small (nearly inexistent) legs which do not appear to be used in locomotion and are two (perhaps three) segmented and slightly covered in setae that seems to cover the entire length of the leg. The antennae appear to have three segments. Urogomphi were not found on the larvae. Some head capsule pictures Dorsal Ventral Leg close up I guess we'll see what species this is when the larvae pupates and the beetle ecloses, but I would really appreciate any help in the meantime. Also, my description of the larvae is an amateur attempt at best, non-scientific and should not be taken word by word as I do not have any academic experience in doing so. Thank you. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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