07.02.2020 A larva for your amazement

Here are a couple of images from the archives (2009) of a larva I happened upon while visiting a local dam property in Huntington, MA quite a few years ago.  I was looking for Dogbane Beetles and happened upon this Sunflower Tortoise Beetle-Physonota helianthi.

And yet another selfie reflection.  You must be thinking I’ve become rather narcissistic.  🙂

I’ve not seen an adult, so here is a link to one on Bugguide.  Doesn’t look like the larva would be a comfortable swallow for any interested predator.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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16 Responses to 07.02.2020 A larva for your amazement

  1. Especially in the first picture, the larva is reminiscent of a scorpion. It’s easy to recognize the sunflower texture of the leaf there. I followed your link and saw the resemblance of the adult beetle to a tortoise.

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  2. An amazing example of how something can be unappealing and fascinating at the same time.

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  3. That is one unusual looking fellow there. Great shots and find, Steve!

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    Whoa!! I think I read or watch far too much sci-fi, because this thing brings up all kinds of bad images… I’ve honestly never seen anything like this, very cool find. I agree with Steve Schwartzman, it is reminiscent of a scorpion, especially one that had somehow bred with various species of dinosaur.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Nature always amazes!

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  6. krikitarts says:

    I pity the predator that might think of taking an interest in this puppy!

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    • I guess there may be one or two that can enjoy them just like there are some birds that don’t mind bristly caterpillars. But I imagine not too many would like the feeling of those spines on the way down.

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      • krikitarts says:

        There’s a very disturbing memory that this dredges up. I think you’re also a sci-fi fan, and I’m wondering if you ever saw the film Dren. I watched it decades ago, and it still haunts me. There was this scorpion-like stinger on the end of her tail–no, I have to stop, or it will return in my dreams tonight. Enough said. Reeeally.

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      • I don’t really watch or read much fiction or science fiction…I’m just a boring old dude. So I Googled that and watched the trailer…”Splice” actually. Yeah, it does look like a thing that nightmares would be made of.


      • Ann Mackay says:

        Glad I’m not a bird!! Though I wouldn’t try that one if I was!

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      • Nope, I think that there are not many birds that would give it a try.

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