Can anyone identify this larva?

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  1. groundbeetle

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    Does anyone know what this larva is? Is it garden friendly or unfriendly?
     

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    How big is it, where did you find it etc.
     
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      About one centimetre long. Crawling on the patio wall. There have been a lot of these teardrop shaped pupae that turn brown, attached to the patio walls and other walls. I am guessing this larva could be from the same insect as the pupae. Hoverfly?

      Also, today I was trying a couple of things to try to deter ants that are coming in, one was spraying dilute vinegar on the wall, so I hope that if this larva is a beneficial insect that the vinegar isn't bothering it. So many of these remedies are two edged swords.

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      Well, not something I'm good at IDing insects but I'm sure someone else would have an idea.

      Hoverfly sounds possible, have you got any standing water around anywhere, I sometimes see those rat tail maggots that turn into hoverflies.
       
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      Yes it has been raining and I have buckets of collected rainwater for watering plants.
       
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