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A Maggots And A Weevil [May. 9th, 2008|04:21 pm]
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This critter got me so excited that I called curculio  right away to tell him that I'd found a caterpillar that had a lizard's tail. He asked me a bunch of questions (a significant one was did it have eyes). And then he said that it might be a Rat-Tailed Maggot. When I got home I looked it up and he was right. He is a genius! Thank you curculio  .

I found it in a bucket of water, but it didn't seem happy there and there was another one dead at the bottom of the bucket. So after I took the pictures, I released it in a dish that had water, wet leaves and sticks in it so it could choose to be wet or dry.

According to Wikipedia, "Rat-tailed maggot are the Larva of some species of Hoverfly, commonly "Eristalis tenax.". A characteristic feature of rat-tailed maggots is a tube-like, three segmented, telescoping breathing siphon located at their posterior end. This acts like a snorkel, allowing the larva to breathe air while submerged."

Rat Tailed-Maggot

Rat-Tailed Maggot (close-up)

Rat-Tailed Maggot's Face

[User Picture]From: ndozo
2008-05-10 02:16 am (UTC)
Amazing!!! This is an adult? Very interesting. Cool shots.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-05-10 04:03 am (UTC)
No, it's not the adult. It's the larva of a hoverfly. It was amazing to see. It really made my day.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-05-11 03:25 pm (UTC)
That is one cool critter!

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