Ground Beetle Larva

What is Ground Beetle Larva?

Ground Beetle Larva is the grub, or larval stage of an adult Ground Beetle. A Ground Beetle is an insect in the Carabidae family of beetles. It is a carabid beetle.

The Ground Beetle Larva is cylindrical in shape, with several segments. It is brown on the upperparts and pale on the underparts. Its head is darker than its body. It has pincers on its mouthparts, six legs, and two long spikes on its tail.

Ground Beetle Larva

The adult Ground Beetle can be black, brown, or metallic, iridescent green or blue. It has three pairs of long legs (6 legs) with two claws on each leg. It has wing covers called elytra, with a small head and strong jaws. It can have short or long antennae.

The female Ground Beetle lays 30-600 eggs. Its life cycle is egg, larva, pupa, and adult. This cycle is called metamorphosis. 

The adult beetle measures up to 2.5 centimetres (up to 1 inch) in length. The larva measures about half a centimetre (a quarter of an inch).  

It is common in Europe and North America. It prefers dark places in moist soil. 

It is nocturnal, active at night. 

Ground Beetle Larva
Ground Beetle Larva
Ground Beetle Larva (underbelly)
Ground Beetle Larva (underbelly)

Location: Paris, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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