Micromalthus debilis
Wisconsin, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Beetles, like butterflies, have a complex metamorphosis.  Here the quiescent stage, the pupa (at left), is shown with a large larva.  The life cycle of Micromalthus is particularly complicated, as some larvae are capable of reproducing without molting into a recognizable adult form.

USA, Wisconsin.  In rotting log.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro Lens.