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Water grub identity?

Rat-Tailed Maggot

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#1 Aidan

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 06:38 PM

Not the best of photos, but is anyone able to identify these ghastly looking grubs?

Found in a bucket of standing water, they are transparent with a tail-like structure extending several times the body length. The accompanying mosquito larvae give an idea of size.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 06:59 PM

I think the common name is rat tailed maggot,or hoverfly larvae

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:36 PM

Rat-Tailed Maggot... Thank you Adrian. :yes3:

I've never seen them before! It is apparently difficult to determine species as larvae, but it must be one of the larger drone flies as the bigger grubs were a good inch in length.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:22 PM

Fascinating creatures, they like quite stagnant water and use the tale to breathe, ingenious




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