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Tipulidae larva ?
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Posted on 15-10-2004 17:50
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I've been told this larva may be some Tipulidae one ! Shock Shock
(I would have thought it should be some Tenebrionidae one !?)
I found it under the bark of a lying dead tree, in Chambolle-Musigny (21, France) on 28th March 2004. Size was something like 20 mm.

What do you think about it ?
Benoit MARTHA Smile
Gerard Pennards
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Posted on 15-10-2004 20:32
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Hello Benoit,
No, it is not a tipulid larva.
Most of the larval Diptera don't have a clear head like this one has!
Especially not the more 'higher' Diptera families!
This is not even a Diptera, I think this is a Lepidoptera larva, so a caterpillar! If you can check its belly to see whether it has pseudo-legs (visible on your pictures?), that will make it almost definitely a caterpillar (in that case you can only mistake it with a sawfly larva, who also has pseudo-legs)
Edited by Gerard Pennards on 15-10-2004 20:33
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Posted on 15-10-2004 22:21
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Thanks !
I will seek some help from lepidopterists or hymenopterists, and I'll let you know whenever I get some definite answer !
Best regards
Benoit MARTHA Smile
Josef Buecker
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Posted on 29-02-2008 20:37
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Hello Benoit (Martha?)

it is somewht late now. I found this post by fortune just now!

To my knowledge, that larvae is almost clearly a lepidoptera! That estimation is since there are 4 pairs of pseudolegs as can be seen in the second picture!

I am only a layman. But, my guess is Eurrhypara hortulata L.

Perhaps you ask the specialists in the Lepiforum.

Best wishes,

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