Flathead Borer Larva

Subject: Worm?
Location: Missouri USA
February 14, 2015 8:02 am
Found this in my firewood. It is a little more than one inch long. Thought at first it was some kind of tapeworm. What could it be?
Signature: PJ

Flathead Borer
Flathead Borer

Dear PJ,
This is a beetle larva in the family Buprestidae, the Metallic Borer Beetles or Jewel Beetles, and the larvae are known as Flathead Borers.  You can see matching images on BugGuide.  Knowing the species of wood might help to narrow down the species possibilities of the Flathead Borer.  Here is an image of Flathead Borers from BugGuide.

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