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False Wireworm

Pterohelaeus spp


About 30 mm long, this beetle larva had a hard segmented amber coloured cylindrical body with a darker head and tail segment. It was fast moving and so was difficult to capture details.


Spotted in damp clay soil in a nature reserve.


Wireworms and false wireworms are both larvae of beetles- the former being that of the click beetle (Elateridae) and the latter that of the pie-dish beetle (Tenebrionidae). Refer to reference link for differences between the two.
Both are considered agricultural pests.
family: Tenebrionidae

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 months ago

Thank you Tukup. New information for me too..

Tukup 8 months ago

Very interesting Leuba. I didn't realize there was a "false wireworm." Excellent reference for the differences, and several more at the bottom of the reference you gave. Thanks for sharing.

Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jul 22, 2019
Submitted on Sep 13, 2019

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