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Photo#606659
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. http://youtu.be

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Hopefully BSFL Can't identify and are these beneficial?

Moved
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.


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