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long-tailed larva - Eristalis tenax

long-tailed larva - Eristalis tenax
Oxford, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
February 1, 2006
Size: 3/4 inch , tail 3/4 inch.
found in compost pile. Larva is a white pink, tail tapered with a small hair on tip

Rat-tailed maggots?
I know, the name is not exactly pleasing:-) Pretty sure these are the larvae of the "drone fly," Eristalis tenax, in the family of flower flies (Syrphidae). Please see the guide for additional images, and thank you for sharing yours! Oh, the "tail" is actually an extendable breathing tube, as the larvae are usually aquatic, or in extremely wet habitats.

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