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Do you know what this is?

Observed: 15th January 2013 By: jan.beedle69

We found this unknown grub thing. It is about 2cm long, it moves like a caterpillar. It has no featuers, with a little black dot on its back side. I would appreciate anyones help to identify my new 'pet' and what do i do with it? Thank you, Jan and Robyn

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Species with which Volucella inanis interacts


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thank you

thank you

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A hoverfly larva

Looks like a larva of one of the Volucella hoverflies, probably inanis judging by the smooth appearance. They live in wasp nests but leave them to pupate. It is not uncommon to find them in houses even if you are unaware of a nest. If you keep it in a tub the adult may eventually emerge.

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Really interesting comments. These are scavengers inside the wasps nests, but I didn't realise they kept on scavenging even in January! It might like some shredded paper and a few dead insects to keep it going until it pupates. Would be worth taking a photo of the pupa and then checking to see what emerges - I don't think there are many pics of larvae or pupae that are actually identified.

Jamie from Briantspuddle

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Hoverfly Larvae

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