Red-chilli like larva
February 28, 2010
The person who took this photo thinks it is a beetle larva.
West Bengal, India
There are not enough anatomical features visible in this photo for us to conclusively categorize this larva. We don’t believe it is a caterpillar or a beetle grub. We tend to favor it being a Sawfly Larva. Sawflies are related to bees and wasps, and many species have larvae that resemble caterpillars. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in a species identification.
Thanks a lot for your prompt reply. I will certainly gather more details from the photographer and send it to you soon.
Update: July 13, 2018
A special thanks to Gustaf Fredell who sent in a comment identifying this as a Goat Moth Larva in the family Cossidae and providing this link to Alamy.