Doodlebug, AKA Ant Lion Larva

Subject:  Never seen this bug before
Geographic location of the bug:  Knoxville, TN
Date: 06/12/2019
Time: 11:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I thought this bug looked cool and was trying to identify it! Found it on the bed in my house.
How you want your letter signed:  Jessie


Dear Jessie,
This is an Antlion larva, commonly called a Doodlebug.  They are generally found at the bottom of a pit in sandy soil where they lie buried with only their impressive mandibles exposed, waiting for unsuspecting prey, often Ants, to fall into the pit right into the hungry Doodlebug’s waiting jaws.  Interestingly, we just posted an image of an unknown larva that the querent mistook for an Antlion larva.

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