Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae

Subject: Unkown insect
Location: Nebraska
June 30, 2014 2:15 pm
I was walking around outside and I found these two sitting on a puncture vine..I’ve never seen anything like them, and I’m assuming that they are make and female due to one being bigger than the other. They are about the size of a pea, so not very big. They don’t seem to move around much. Can you help me figure out what they are, and everything about them? 🙂
Signature: Annalyn

hey, thank you for helping, but a couple of my friends helped me find out what I had. It’s a potato beetle larvae! 🙂 I’ve just never seen them in this state before. 😛 I love discovering new things, so this is fun! Thanks!

Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae
Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae

Hi Annalyn,
We are happy to learn that you have already identified these Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae, and according to BugGuide, they can be distinguished from the larvae of other member of the genus because:  “Larva has two rows of black spots on each side. Falso Potato beetle larva has one row of black spots.”
  The range of the Colorado Potato Beetle was greatly expanded through agriculture and the cultivation of the potato.

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