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Drone fly larva?

Drone fly larva?
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
June 10, 2011
Size: about 1 inch (plus tail)
I've never seen one of these before, but after a bit of googling, I think it might be a drone fly larva. I found a pail full of mulch had flooded with water, so I dumped out the water to prevent mosquitoes. That's when I found this guy.

Moved from Eristalinae.


I was going to rear this to s
I was going to rear this to see what it turned into, but it died. If I find another one, what would you suggest for rearing it? I found it living in some foetid water in a pale of wood mulch that had filled with water. I dumped the water to prevent mosquitoes, and that's when I found the larva. If rearing requires maintaining something that smells like a pig sty, I think I won't bother.

Yep you need some of the smel
Yep you need some of the smelly water, that is where the bacteria grow which this filter feeder eats... so placing the larva in fresh tap water will likely kill it..., You can place it in a container and leave it outside your house, put a piece of bark in it, so the maggot can crawl on dry land to pupate... could be something nice... but some of the larvae can take years, while other species develop in a matter of weeks...

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Moved from ID Request.


Yes, this is a Syrphid fly larva. They are sometimes referred to as a rattailed maggot. The tail-like appendage is actually a breathing tube.

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