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What is this insect?


I'd like to know what bug/insect this is. It looks like a very fat worm but short, and we have found several of them underground when digging to plant Roses. They have a dark back and a brownish tinged head. They have legs at their head.

Can anybody identify this, and if it will be a problem to any specific plants? If so, can this issue be solved in any way?

Many thanks.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,169

    Looks like the larva of one of the ground beetles. The vine weevil larvae lack the legs. The beetle larvae often get squashed in error

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • JazJaz Posts: 3

    It looks like a Chafer larvae to me.  I find them when I dig up lawn to make new flower beds.  They eat grass roots mainly I think.

  • fred#60fred#60 Posts: 58

    That little beauty is a chafer grub, they eat grass and plant roots and they are the food for many birds and animals that will dig up your lawn and flower beds to get to them.

  • BrummieBenBrummieBen Posts: 460

    nowt to worry about unless your lawn is really suffering, leave them be, and if you find them, shove them on the lawn for the birds, lovely protein for the chicks.

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