All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Glow-worm larva; Railroad Worm</strong> - curled 
<em>Phengodidae</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
September 11, 2008

When I went to the University of Tennessee Arboretum today, Lynn (the secretary) said, "I'm glad you're here, we found a strange ...
Glow-worm larva; Railroad Worm - curled
Phengodidae spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
September 11, 2008

When I went to the University of Tennessee Arboretum today, Lynn (the secretary) said, "I'm glad you're here, we found a strange bug we want you to identify!" It was in an empty margarine container. When I opened the lid I found this creature curled tightly into a ball. At first I thought it might be a centipede, but Lynn said it had only 6 legs near the head when it was stretched out; that meant it had to be an insect of some sort. Finally, I took it outside and put it in the sun to see if it would uncurl. That worked! The following photo shows what it looked like stretched out...

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