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Hello Mr. DeAngelis. My son and I dug up this particular insect while planting some seeds in our garden. It's about an inch long, but we've seen a few smaller versions before (also while digging up some soil). What is it?

Thanks in advance!

Butch
Manila, Philippines

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Butch,

These are larvae of beetles, commonly called white grubs (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/white_grub.html for info). The larvae feed on the roots of grasses and other plants and can be fairly damaging to lawns and gardens.

Jack DeAngelis

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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