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Unidentified larva

Observed: 6th June 2011 By: kcf32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeShropshire Wildlife Trust
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Larva 2011-06-06
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Description:

This larva was collected during a general sweep of rough grassland which contained nettle, cleavers and other common grassland plants.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a micro-moth (Helcystogramma rufescens) interacts

Comments

DavidNotton's picture

Lepidoptera

not a glow worm which is coloeptera

kcf32's picture

Coleoptera/lepidoptera

This larva appears to only have three pairs of legs at the front and none at the back. Does that not mean it is likely to be a beetle larva?

Keith

DavidNotton's picture

Lepidoptera

definitely, a pair of prolegs are clearly visible on the last segment, the others must be hidden. A very striking species - will you rear it on to find out what it will become?

kcf32's picture

Larva

I only photographed the larva, so it will remain a mystery unless someone is able to identify it.

Thank you for your help.

Keith

Martin Harvey's picture

Helcystogramma

See UKmoths for more info:
http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=3572

There is a related species, H. lutatella, that is much rarer (only known from Dorset I believe), but that has slightly different markings:
http://webh01.ua.ac.be/vve/Checklists/Lepidoptera/Gelechiidae/Hlutatella...

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kcf32's picture

Helcystogramma

Thank you for this identification.

Keith