Subject: Creepy centipede-like insect
Location: Cavite, Philippines
May 24, 2015 1:13 am
Hi! My brother found this odd looking centipede in our house. Definitely, this is not a centipede because it only got 6 legs. I tried doing some research but can’t find any match. We’ll really appreciate it if you can help us identify this creature.
Without doing any research, we suspect this is a Beetle Larva, most likely the larva of a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae. Carabidae of the World has some very similar looking images of a species identified as Carabus (Morphocarabus) karpinskii. This most resembles larvae of the Caterpillar Hunters, a group of large predatory Ground Beetles. We have not had any luck matching your images to online images from the Philippines.
Wow! It’s a larva. It must be a very big beetle then when it matures because this larvae measures around 2 and a half inches.
Thanks Daniel for your response!
We appreciate it.