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The larval stage of this insect is much better known to most people than the adult. What is it?

Answer:

This is an adult Ant Lion. The larva are common, found at the bottom of funnel shaped pits. They are sometimes called Doodlebugs, because of the spiral paths that they create while looking for the perfect spot for their pit. The adults are mostly nocturnal, and are fairly inconspicuous, so you don't see them that often.
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