Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Trilobite beetle of Laos


Trilobite beetle larva of Oudomxay, Laos (Coleoptera: Lycidae.) This is a juvenile netwing beetle. It is unknown whether this species is neotenous (reaching maturity without metamorphosis.) The plates on the back are called scutes; firefly larvae also have this character. This individual was collected on Puhipii mountain.

hat tip: wtf_nature

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