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Jun 11, 2013 6:08 PM

Identify aquatic larva?

Hi, can anybody identify this creature, found in my garden pond? It seems to have a snorkel at one end, with an air bubble attached. Maybe some sort of larvae? The squared paper is 7mm square for scale.

Thanks in advance

Phil

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    Jun 11, 2013 8:25 PM (in response to Iwansfather)
    Re: Identify aquatic larva?

    How lucky are you. This is the larva of a soldier fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae), possibly Stratiomys itself. You are right about the snorkel, this is how these larvae breath under water in the shallow margins of ponds and ditches. Dare I say ... the snorkel, just another invention cribbed from nature :-)

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