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Syrphid larva?

Syrphid larva?
Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
April 25, 2005
Size: ~1cm
I found this larva on a rose leaf, feeding on a colony of aphids.

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Syrphid larva? Syrphid larva? Syrphid larva?

Moved from Syrphinae.

Maggots don't have eyes yet. They are sensitive to movement and touch, that's the reason a syrphid mom tries to lay her eggs very close to aphid colonies!
What you see is part of the respiratory system, and the golden dot is the opening from a breathing tube, whereas the lines are the breathing tubes in the body!

That makes a lot of sense.

Yes! :-))
Yes, it is a syrphid larva, subfamily Syrphinae.
Gerard Pennards

do these maggots have vision?
im guessing the gold dots are eyes and the lines trailing from these eyes are optic nerves?

Interesting observation
Now I am curious too.

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