Not a gardener, but encountered an interesting soil dweller

Hello all,
I'm not a "gardener" in the passionate sense, but I do work in my back yard out of necessity. I live in Portland, Oregon, to give you an idea of the climate and latitude. I was yesterday pulling up some unwanted grass from between the elements of a stone walkway when I noticed a bizarre (to me) creature in the soil, apparently living either within the grass roots or just below them in the soil.
This guy was about a half inch to maybe an inch in length, a quarter inch wide, deep rusty brown in color, round in cross section, with a worm-like "head" which was articulated (jointed) and which probed slowly back and forth. No eyes, feelers, or other sense organs to speak of, and no visible mouth, although I'm sure it must have one.
At first I thought it was, in fact, a worm, or rather the head of a worm which I had unfortunately ripped from the body by my grass pulling. But soon I found another, identical in form, and realized it was a complete organism.
A good comparison would be like a bullet in a cartridge, with the articulated "head" being the bullet, which seemed to be sheathed in the main body or skeleton of the creature (the cartridge).
Can anybody tell me what this thing might be? I'm fascinated by it for some reason.
Thanks a bunch, Scott L
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Scott L wrote:

seems like a beetle larvae of some type.
I dunno
Carl
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Sounds like a pupae of some sort- egg, larvae, pupae, adult- the pupae being where they go from grub or maggot like- to adult. Perhaps a stag beetle or similar
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Like this?
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/images/moth_pupa.jpg
Moth pupa. Some moths pupate underground, strange as it may seem :-)
Janet
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That looks an awful lot like it. Maybe not exactly the same species, but real close. Thanks! That site looks like a good time waster. :-)
Scott
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Yeah I agree, now that I look at pupal cases and such that are laying about, moth seems to fit better than beetle.
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Any resemblence (these are probably not the same one you found!) to: http://www.kendall-bioresearch.co.uk/coleop.htm ?
Kay
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