Identify my wood eating larva

Asked June 15, 2020, 1:14 PM EDT

Identify my wood eating larva

Muskingum County Ohio

1 Response

Hi. Based just on your image, it looks like a beetle larva, mostly likely belonging to the family Tenebrionidae, which are the darkling beetles. You may be familiar with this group, as it include species whose larvae are commonly sold as lizard food, such as superstorms and mealworms. This Master’s thesis from Ohio State says that “The Ohio species are for the most part medium-sized to large and are to be found in a variety or habitats. Most of them feed on vegetable matter and may be collected in numbers under the bark of dead trees or in rotting wood, leaf litter, and similar situations.” If you can provide me with more information, such as the conditions where you found it and its size, I might be able to get a more precise identification.