Subject: Black and Red segmented bug
Location: Roswell NM
July 25, 2012 2:42 pm
I found this in New Mexico, crawling along the ground (July, hot). There are six legs from the first few body segments, and 12 segments in all. The tail has a little hook type protuberance that it uses to walk, and as a prehensile thing when climbing. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Though we don’t have any individuals with these markings, we are nearly certain that this is the larva of a Glowworm. There is an image on BugGuide of a member of the genus Zarhipis that looks very similar and the genus is reported on BugGuide from nearby Arizona and other western states.