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Unidentified Larva - Diptera *I think this is the head end<br />
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I found this little squirmy fella under a log in a mixed forest. It was anchored to a stick with silk. It was mostly translucent with a reddish &quot;stripe&quot;, which may have just been the digestive tract. It also *may* have had some headgear, but I didn&#039;t get a good look because as soon as I touched it, it curled up in the position seen in this photo. It clearly didn&#039;t like me, so I snapped a couple shots and put it back under the log.<br />
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I suspect that it could be a nematode. Or, perhaps a fungus gnat larva (Mycetophilidae) because of the silk attaching it to the stick. Maybe a planarian as well.<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest<br />
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I suspect that it could be a nematode. Or, perhaps a fungus gnat larva (Mycetophilidae) because of the silk attaching it to the stick. Maybe a planarian as well.<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest<br />
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Unidentified Larva - Diptera

*I think this is the head end

I found this little squirmy fella under a log in a mixed forest. It was anchored to a stick with silk. It was mostly translucent with a reddish "stripe", which may have just been the digestive tract. It also *may* have had some headgear, but I didn't get a good look because as soon as I touched it, it curled up in the position seen in this photo. It clearly didn't like me, so I snapped a couple shots and put it back under the log.

I suspect that it could be a nematode. Or, perhaps a fungus gnat larva (Mycetophilidae) because of the silk attaching it to the stick. Maybe a planarian as well.

Habitat: Mixed forest

Unidentified Larva - Diptera? I found this little squirmy fella under a log in a mixed forest. It was anchored to a stick with silk. It was mostly translucent with a reddish "stripe", which may have just been the digestive tract. It also *may* have had some headgear, but I didn't get a good look because as soon as I touched it, it curled up in the position seen in this photo. It clearly didn't like me, so I snapped a couple shots and put it back under the log.<br />
<br />
I suspect that it could be a nematode. Or, perhaps a fungus gnat larva (Mycetophilidae) because of the silk attaching it to the stick. Maybe a planarian as well.<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/88853/unidentified_creature.html Geotagged,United States,Winter,diptera,larva

    comments (7)

  1. Another larva mystery, seeing a pattern emerge here :) Posted 11 days ago
    1. Haha - yes! And, I have still more to post. My last hike consisted of taking lots of pictures of who knows what - not me ;P. I have this creature posted on BG, in addition to the larva from the egg. Posted 11 days ago
  2. TOO COOL! What a slimy weirdo! Posted 10 days ago
    1. I know! It was a cutie! Posted 10 days ago
  3. I would most certainly consider various groups of Diptera. Not saying this is even close, but there are many families with very similar larvae, preferring moist, slimy and fungal environments ...
    Thereva nobilitata - larva, pupa, fly Collage of shots of a larva of Thereva nobilitata that I kept to document the development to imago.<br />
Top row: Complete larva and close-up of head, showing the "spoon"-shaped appendage typical for Therevidae larvae<br />
Bottom left: Fresh pupa<br />
Bottom centre: Mature pupa<br />
Bottom right: Resulting imago Thereva nobilitata (male) - ID confirmed by Elias de Bree @ waarneming.nl  Common Stiletto,Diptera,Larva,Pupa,Stiletto fly,Thereva,Thereva nobilitata,Therevidae
    Posted 10 days ago
    1. I've uploaded a larva of some Keroplatidae ("Fungus gnat") for comparison - didn't upload that before 'cause I didn't take it home to have it become an adult and the ID to family is from my photos only (thanks to Ton van Haaren on waarneming.nl)
      Keroplatidae - Larva Quite possibly Cerotelion (striatum?)<br />
Details of head and tail here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/88883/keroplatidae_-_larva_details_of_head_and_tail.html Bibionomorpha,Diptera,Fungus gnat,Keroplatidae,Larva,Nematocera,Sciaroidea,fungus gnat larvae

      Keroplatidae - Larva, details of head and tail Quite possibly Cerotelion (striatum?)<br />
Full larva here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/88884/keroplatidae_-_larva.html Bibionomorpha,Diptera,Fungus gnat,Keroplatidae,Larva,Nematocera,Sciaroidea,fungus gnat larvae

      I don't think yours is a Keroplatidae, but the general direction is pretty close me thinks...
      Posted 10 days ago
      1. Ohhh! Awesome, Arp - thanks so much for the help. I agree that it looks dipteran, especially after seeing your photos! I'll look in that direction. Thanks again. Posted 10 days ago

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Uploaded Jan 14, 2020. Captured Jan 12, 2020 13:20 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
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  • 100mm