Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

The Coleopterists Society supports BugGuide.

Upcoming Events

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide Gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

Hopefully BSFL

Hopefully BSFL
Kihei, Maui County, Hawaii, USA
January 11, 2012
Size: 5/8"
There are so many things crawling around in my starter bucket that I just want to make sure. Any help is appreciated. I also shot some video of it, maybe that will help.

Images of this individual: tag all
Hopefully BSFL Can't identify and are these beneficial?

Moved from ID Request.

Tipulid larvae
Also called a "leather jacket", these are the larvae of craneflies. The larvae feed on plant roots (mostly grass, to my knowledge).

Looks different
Looks quite different than the "Leather Jacket". That crane fly larvae looks more like a worm an doesn't have distinct segments to its body like the photo that I posted.

Thanks for helping out.

This isn't a tipulid.
You see the two posterior spiracles that are fused together? Those two little tubes sticking out there? That doesn't happen in Tipulidae, but does occur in Syrphidae, which is what this is.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.