Larva, Cucujus clavipes

Cucujid Flat Bark Beetle

Cucujus clavipes larva

Like the adults, the larvae of family Cucujidae are flattened for life under bark.

Some other traits to look for in Cucujid larvae:

For more information on the morphology of the larvae, see Michael C. Thomas’ treatment of the family in American Beetles (2002).

Larvae are reportedly predaceous, but few life history studies of the Cucujidae have been made.

Insects of West Virginia