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Name that bug

  1. Jul 11, 2011 #1

    DaveC426913

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    This critter (see attachment - not diagram) came to my attention by pricking me in the hand with a hook in its tail.

    About 7mm long. Flattened profile. Prehensile hook in tail. Two tusk-like appendages straight out front. Very active, very supple.


    Must be a larva of some sort.

    Ideas?



    Reminds me very much of a shrimp or of the "ear bug" from Wrath of Khan.
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  3. Jul 11, 2011 #2
    If it got my attention that way it would be called "dead".
     
  4. Jul 11, 2011 #3
    sort of looks like a silverfish, but if the hook is in the tail, maybe earwig?
     
  5. Jul 11, 2011 #4

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    It used it to hang on when its legs were occupied, like a caterpillar uses its ... (Googling) ... anal prolegs.
     
  6. Jul 12, 2011 #5
    armadillobedbug.
     
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  8. Jul 13, 2011 #7

    DaveC426913

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    silverfish, earwig, armadillobedbug, Hoverfly larva

    Nope, nope, nope, nope. None of these look anything like my pix.
     
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