Possibly Leaf Beetle Larva

Subject: 8mm Thornbush-Bug
Location: Limpopo, South Africa
February 13, 2014 12:25 pm
I photographed this bug at Mabula Lodge, Limpopo.
It’s about 8mm long.
It carries it’s tail, which looks like dry twigs, above it’s back.
When relaxed and no movement about the tail relaxes and gets let down behind it.
Signature: Johann

Subject: 8mm Thing
Location: Limpopo, South Africa
February 15, 2014 12:40 pm
Photographed this thingy at Mabula Lodge, Limpopo, South Africa.
It’s about 8mm long and carries it’s, dry twigs type tail above it’s back.
Signature: Johann Clements

Possibly Leaf Beetle Larva
Possibly Leaf Beetle Larva

Dear Johann,
Thank you for resending your request.  Though we have not been able to identify your insect, we can provide you with some information.  Due to the absence of pro-legs, we believe this is a beetle larva and not a caterpillar.  What you believe to be dry twigs is actually the cast off skin that occurs during the molting process.  There are many species of Leaf Beetle Larvae that exhibit this behavior, so we believe this might be the larva of a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  Is the thorn bush an acacia?  Knowing the food plant should aid in the identification process.

Hi Daniel
Thanks for the feedback, greatly appreciated.
Sorry, the “thorn bush” was only a name I gave the photo.
I did not identify the plant that it was on.
Thanks a lot!

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