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Syrphid Fly Larvae

Syrphid Fly Larvae
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
December 29, 2008
Size: about 3-4 mm
Does anyone recognize this one.? I was surprised to find such a tender creature with it so chilly outside.
Found in the oak leaves covering the carrots and parsnips, very active, did not seem to like being uncovered.
He/she was more transparent then appears in this image. Temperature low 40's. I really like the way he/she matches the oak leaf.

Moved
Moved from Unidentified Larvae and Puparia.
Done.
I had one that lasted for almost three months because there weren't any aphids around. It kept shrinking and finally died. Better luck next year raising these babies.

 
Syrphinae larva
Beatriz, thank you for the rearing information. I'm always looking for rearing information. I hate it when I cause something to die because I've interfered with it's natural environment so I mostly leave things where I found them. Maybe it would be a good procedure to place these in a screen cage, cover them with leaves and leave them outside for the winter rather than bringing them inside.

Do you think it would be a good idea to collect rearing/food information for different species together on one page?

 
Good idea
We could start a thread in the forums and then add a summary of suggestions to the "Unidentified larvae and puparia" or just a link to the forum.
I guess that we are talking about Syrphidae here; there are some tips about butterflies and moths in some of the forums already.

Larva
Very likely Syrphinae, the aphid eaters. Were there any aphids around? They are tough little creatures, some make it through the winter as larvae. I guess that they go without food for sometime.

 
Syrphinae? larva
I did not see aphids, although that doesn't mean they weren't any. Probably would not find aphids in oak leaves, but not really sure about that.
Can this be safely moved to Syrphinae or stay where it is?
Thanks Beatriz.

Syrphid fly larva?
Check out the ones in the guide.

 
Thanks Tom !
I really didn't expect to have this one IDed. I should know by now that all of you here at Bugguide keep doing the seemingly impossible.

When I went out I never expected to find anything stirring, but in a short time found 2 interesting creatures. After looking at the pictures I see that I was focusing on what I thought was the head but is really the rear.

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