Unknown Red Grub from South Africa: Beetle or Sawfly???

Subject: Never seen this bug before
Location: Limpopo, hoedspruit (lowveld)
January 31, 2014 9:13 am
Hi, I saw this caterpillar in our garden and wonder if you could help to ID it.
Area: South Africa, Lowveld
near Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Season: summer 31 January 2014
Size: about 1.5 cm in length and 1 cm wide
I live in the Balule nature reserve thus it’s a wilderness area
Thank you
Signature: Laetitia

What's That Grub?
What’s That Grub?

Hi Laetitia,
This is not a Caterpillar, but we do believe it is a larval insect.  In our opinion, this is most likely a Beetle Grub, though we would not rule out that it might be a Sawfly Larva.  While your individual looks very different from the larvae in the links we provided, we wanted to show you some examples of possibly classifications.  Knowing the plant this larva was feeding upon might help with the identification.

What's That Grub???
What’s That Grub???


22 thoughts on “Unknown Red Grub from South Africa: Beetle or Sawfly???”

  1. We were in Timbavati Game Reserve back in Sept…I took a picture of a beetle that was “passing” something like this….I am trying to find out what type of beetle this is….here do I send the photo for any help?
    Thank you

    • We have not. Did you ever submit your image? We have nothing in our archive from Timbavati Game Reserve. You may resubmit your images using the Ask What’s That Bug? link on our site. If you already submitted it, we should have emailed you directly. Please put Timbavati Game Reserve in both the subject line and location field.

    • Sorry, we receive so much mail we do miss things. That why we suggested the subject line. It will catch our attention.

  2. OK..not sure what is going on..have sent the 2 pictures..individually….not sure what else to do, but keep trying….here it goes …again….

  3. I have sent one…..if you don’t get it this time, is there somewhere else I can send it? I know AOL sometimes has issues with other addresses….

  4. OK..just got a reply from you all, that you got it…..with Timbavati in the Subject line…see below, copied and paste

    “Thank you for submitting your identification request.

    Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!”

  5. Thank you very much..I saw the copy that you sent to me…will see what happens! 🙂
    Sorry I am causing extra work…..


  6. Hi….I have not heard back from anyone…was just curious as to if you found the picture or not? and if so, figured out the bug?



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