Creophilus Maxillosus - Physical Characteristics and Life Cycle

Physical Characteristics and Life Cycle

Larvae of the hairy rove beetle range from 20–25 millimetres (0.79–0.98 in) long and are cylindrical and stout. The adult is a shiny black color and approximately 12–18 mm (0.47–0.71 in) long. They are easily characterized by their elytra, which cover the first few abdominal segments. They have large eyes, and their mandibles close across each other in the front of the head and can inflict a painful stab if harassed or handled carelessly. Golden setae are located on posterior angles of the head and slightly on the anterior angle of the pronotum. These setae can be found on the last few abdominal segments and on elytra. The hairy rove beetle has needle-like jaws that close across in front of head and large, prominent eyes. The antennae are thick, beaded, and composed of 11 segments.

The development of eggs is around 4 days, larvae 14 days, and pupae 16 days. The eggs are milky white colored, 2 to 3 mm (0.079 to 0.12 in) long and hatch in about 3 days (depending on temperature). The larval stage lasts around 14 days. The pupae, which is around 11 mm wide lasts 16 days. The estimation of the total duration of Creophilus maxillosus lasts 37 days.

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