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anyone know what this is?

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anyone know what this is?

there are loads of these in my pond - they are so tiny (hense the crap photo!)


Rachel Scott-Renouf

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I'm going to take a wild guess and say mosquito larvae.
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#1 Wed May 30, 2007 6:22pm

It's definitely a René Lalique, from his pond-life period circa 1915
#2 Wed May 30, 2007 7:28pm

Not Quite Amanda !,,,I would say it's a midge pupae,they spend most of their time in the sludge and mud in pond bottoms, from the egg they hatch into Bloodworm, feeding in the pond bottom,on maturing they change into the pupae form which you have photographed. At this stage of development they are air breathers and rise up to the surface on a regular basis,,,when they are due to hatch out into the adult midge they hang in the surface film and emerge ,you often see these empty cases floating in ponds , bog areas with standing surface water or even cattle water troughs....There main task after this magical change ?.........To bite you! ends todays lesson according to kenp!..................
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#3 Wed May 30, 2007 9:14pm

That was going to be my next guess, Ken. Wink
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#4 Thu May 31, 2007 7:24am

Rachel Scott-Renouf
thanks everyone!
Ken, thank you, i have been searching the internet trying to find what they are for ages! yuck! well i hope the newts eat them all before they all bite me Wink
#5 Thu May 31, 2007 9:52am

Rachel Scott-Renouf
Ken, i have just found out from the british wildlife website that they are "phantom midge larvae" which means they turn into None biting midges!!!! Smile and i had visions of being covered in midge bites as i always get eaten alive by anything that bites!
#6 Thu May 31, 2007 10:13am

Great entomology lesson and nice capture. john
We're off to see the Lizard~~the wonderful (sic) Lizard of Oz~~
#7 Thu May 31, 2007 11:48am

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