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Where were the larvae found, in wood above ground or below ground.
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We have a path made of bark chippings, about 3 inches thick. Underneath the chippings is a membrane. The larvae were in the chippings. we have moved them to a pile of bark chippings in a corner of the site, where they won't be disturbed.
As the larvae were found underground, this means that they are almost certainly larvae of the Stag Beetle. Larvae of this species are found at or below ground level, though occasionally you may find them in wood a few inches above ground if the wood is moist or well decayed. Bark chip paths are a know, if slightly unusual, larval habitat.
Cockchafer larvae would be thinner, with longer legs than these photographed here. They would also most usually be found under turf, not under a chipping path.
Lat/Lng: 51.44624, -0.10976
OS grid ref: TQ314736
We found these while renewing a bark chip path at the Community Greenhouses. We thought they may be stag beetle grubs. We put them in a pile of bark chips in a wildlife corner where they won't get disturbed again.