Beetle larva identification

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Beetle larva identification

pvarela
Hi Eric,

I am trying to identify a beetle larva and I'm hoping you can help.

http://i.imgur.com/UiylTvk.jpg

I live in northwest New Mexico in the San Juan Basin where darkling beetles are very common. I've been doing a bit of research on beetle larvae, and considering how common darkling beetles are, that is my best guess as to what this is. I am interested to know what the larvae eat and if they live in or eat wood or woody veg.

Thank you for your help and for setting up this forum.

Phil
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Bug Eric
I agree with your identification, but tenebrionids are so diverse that I can't really generalize.  Pretty sure most are scavengers on dried organic matter like the adults are (assuming you found this in an arid habitat).  You might want to try finding a coleopterist (beetle expert) who specializes in darkling beetles to supply more detailed information.  Thanks for sharing the link to the wonderful image!
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Re: Beetle larva identification

pvarela
Yes, this was found in an arid habitat and was found within the soil, so I assume its feeding on plant detritus and other material in the soil.

Thanks for the information, and for the quick response!