Fat & Happy!

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Fat and happy are these air potato beetle (Lilioceris cheni) larvae photographed at (Pelican Island) Audubon House by Bob Montanaro, Pelican Island Audubon Office Manager on June 30. Air potato beetles progress through 4 larval stages (instars). Shown are late instar larvae.

You can find out more about this biological control agent released by the US Department of Agriculture at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area on the University of Florida Featured Creatures web page.

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