Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Olympia Washington
Date: 09/06/2017
Time: 03:37 PM EDT
This is the oddest bug I’ve seen.
S/he is roughly an inch and a half long and maybe 4mm wide. I was told it might be a soldier beetle?
How you want your letter signed:  Tammi

Snakefly Larva

Dear Tammi,
This is a beneficial, predatory larva of a Snakefly.  According to BugGuide:  “Both larvae and adults are predatory, though they are capable of catching and killing only small and weak prey. Snakefly larvae feed on eggs and larvae of various insects, as well as adults of minute arthropods (e.g. mites, springtails, barklice, and homopterans). Adults typically prefer aphids but may eat a wide variety of arthropods. Adults take efforts to clean themselves after feeding.”

Location: Olympia, Washington

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