Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

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Heteroceridae (Variegated Mud-loving Beetle)

Females burrow into the sand in order to lay their eggs. The larvae can be found in these shallow tunnels. From here, the larvae siphon through substrate for algae and other organic materials.  During times of high water, the larvae are forced from their burrows. When it’s time to pupate, they move to a muddy area. These beetles have no swimming structures and no respiratory adaptations for water life.