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Fly larva

Fly larva
El Cajon, San Diego County, California, USA
December 8, 2019
Size: 8 mm
Found on underside of log in a stream. Black fly?

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Hi Tim,
Based on your location and the lobes, I would say this is a Holorusia species of Cranefly, maybe H. grandis?
If not Holorusia, then a Tipula species.

Black fly larva have a sclerotized head and a little proleg on the ventral side of their thorax. They also typically have long fans on their upper lip to help them filter particles from the water.

Very cool find!

I hope this helps,

Thank you,