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From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostMar-10 7:30 AM 
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 794.1 

I spotted this yesterday.  It appeared to use its tail segments to help propel it, as in the last photo.  Any idea what it is?

 
 
 

 
From: niteowl410Mar-10 7:54 AM 
To: MerlinsDad  (2 of 15) 
 794.2 in reply to 794.1 

It it a big or small bug? Hubby said it looks like a walking pine cone. 

 

 
From: The Moth (Cecropian)Mar-10 3:14 PM 
To: MerlinsDad  (3 of 15) 
 794.3 in reply to 794.1 

Very nice!  I would guess it's a lightning bug larva.

https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2010/09/27/firefly-larva-10/

 

 
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From: Cats (NancyMI)Mar-10 4:28 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (4 of 15) 
 794.4 in reply to 794.3 

I'd go along with that.  One that supposedly looks like it is the net-winged beetle larvae but the pictures I looked at don't look similar.  LOL

CATS
 
 

 
 
     

 
From: The Moth (Cecropian)Mar-10 4:45 PM 
To: Cats (NancyMI)  (5 of 15) 
 794.5 in reply to 794.4 

I agree.  The pictures of net-winged beetles I found online have the same shape but the coloring tends to be different.  What a cool creature the lightning bug larva is though.  I don't think I've ever seen one  IRL.

  • Edited March 10, 2017 7:34 pm  by  The Moth (Cecropian)
 

 
From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostMar-10 7:31 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (6 of 15) 
 794.6 in reply to 794.3 

Bravo!  That is certainly what it looks like.  Thanks for the research work.  I have never seen one before.
 

 
 
 

 
From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostMar-10 9:16 PM 
To: niteowl410  (7 of 15) 
 794.7 in reply to 794.2 

It does look like a walking pine cone, now that you mention it.  I think the Great Moth got it right, 794.3

 
 
 

 
 
     

 
From: niteowl410Mar-11 6:37 AM 
To: MerlinsDad  (8 of 15) 
 794.8 in reply to 794.7 

I think he did too.

I even looked up bug that looks like a pinecone and there is such an animal, a Pangolin

 

 
From: The Moth (Cecropian)Mar-11 2:58 PM 
To: niteowl410  (9 of 15) 
 794.9 in reply to 794.8 

Ha!  That looks like a gigantic lightning bug larva!  :-)

But beware if you run into one:

The larvae immobilize their prey by injecting it with an anesthetic digestive fluid before starting to feed on it with their strong jaws.

Yikes.

https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/fireflies-eat-e809a54038ff2ad3

 

 
From: niteowl410Mar-11 3:55 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (10 of 15) 
 794.10 in reply to 794.9 

It does sound like I best stay away.

 

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