I just moved to Houston, Texas recently and was very curious about the pencil sized holes in the flat hard part of my new yard. I started sticking twigs in these holes out of curiosity and one day something pushed the twig back out! Turns out, these creepy little things would actually grab the sticks and play tug-of-war with me untill I was able to take a picture of it’s head. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t come all the way out so I couldn’t identify it. Today I was digging holes for a new path and found one. Please help me figure out what it is. It’s about an inch long. I’ve also sent you a picture of a stuffed animal version of this hideous creature for your amusement. Enjoy!
This is a predatory Tiger Beetle Larva. The larvae of Tiger Beetles live underground in a hole, and the flat head covers the head. The larva uses its strong mandibles to capture passing prey. While preparing our response, we noticed you also have your photos posted to that most excellent resource, BugGuide.