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May 13, 2013 1:07 PM

Bug with aerial

larva on manure bag.jpgSorry about the bad quality of the image!

I found several smaller whiter versions of this larva on garden manure bag yesterday. Could only see this one today. They all have the weird pointy aerial thing. Could you tell me what they are. Thanks

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    May 13, 2013 1:10 PM (in response to Buz)
    Re: Bug with aerial


    These are the larvae of some hoverflies (family Syrphidae). The 'tail' is a breathing organ, a bit like a snorkel, as the larvae live in water or various organic-rich liquids. They are called 'rat-tailed maggots'.



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