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Subject:  Black Segmented Tapered
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Virginia
Date: 05/25/2019
Time: 09:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
While walking in a wooded area near a small body of water, we spotted this cute creature crawling among the leaves and hiding.  It crawled in a wavy “S” formation when it changed direction.  Not like pill bugs that seem to keep their segments parallel when they crawl. Its head reminded me of a type of roach I saw in Florida and also a black cricket. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  A fellow bug enthusiast

Carrion Beetle Larva

Dear fellow bug enthusiast,
This is a larval insects and larvae can be very difficult to identify with accuracy.  We believe this is a Carrion Beetle larva from the family Sylphidae.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  The female Carrion Beetle lays her eggs on or near a recent corpse, and the larvae feed on the rotting flesh, though many species will also feed on fungus.  

That’s exactly it! Thank you!

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Virginia

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