Subject: strange bug
Location: Frederick, MD
May 27, 2014 12:25 am
This big looks like a cross between a stink bug and a potato bug. It’s about the size of a stink bug, and was found in Frederick, MD.
This is the larva of an Antlion, or perhaps of some other Neuropteran, like an Owlfly. Most Antlion Larvae are sedentary hunters that dig a pit in sandy soil, waiting at the bottom for any prey, ant or otherwise, that stumbles into the pit, falling into the ready mandibles. Those Antlion Larvae are frequently called Doodlebugs. Some species of Antlions might have more mobile larvae that hunt. Your inquiry did not clarify where the larva was found. Here is a similar looking Antlion Larva that is pictured on BugGuide.