Most of us recognize the life stages of butterflies, but what about beetles?
Although the head capsule may look a bit like a caterpillar, this is a beetle larva commonly called a white grub. It lives in the soil and will turn into a type of scarab beetles called a “June beetle.”
Here’s an odd one. I found this in a mesquite seed pod. It is about the size of a small grain of rice.
The seed beetles lay their eggs on seeds of legumes like mesquites, within the seed pod. Can you see the white eggs that look like sesame seeds attached to the larger brown mesquite seeds?
The larvae, which look like small versions of the white grub above, feed inside the seeds and then cut their way out to pupate. You can see the holes in the seeds and the round caps on the left of the photograph where the larvae cut their way out.
Soon the seed beetle pupa will become an adult like this one and go look for a place to lay its eggs.
Have you ever found beetle immatures before? Where did you find them?