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Big larva in the water
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Posted on 29-06-2008 16:47

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Yesterday. La Pe?a, Huesca, NE Spain. 500 meters high. Mix of mediterranean and mountain climate. Habitat: floating in the water, but looks like more fallen in it than swimming and living in it. Size: about 30 mm.

Horseflies of Chrysops caecutiens species are very common in the zone. Could be its larvae?

Paul Beuk
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Posted on 30-06-2008 10:16
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Looks like it could be tabanid. Something for Theo.

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Posted on 30-06-2008 14:33

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Theo is on holydays...
Tony T
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Posted on 30-06-2008 17:55
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Paul Beuk wrote:
Looks like it could be tabanid. Something for Theo.

Definitely a tabanid but not Chrysops. Thorax striations suggest Tabanus sp.
Quite easy to rear, keep in damp soil or sand, feed live fly larvae or live worms (or anything live that will burrow into wet substrate); they will eaven kill and eat recently transformed frogs.
They can inflict a painful bite to the human hand, take care
Tony Irwin
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Posted on 30-06-2008 19:59
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Tony T wrote:
They can inflict a painful bite to the human hand, take care

I can testify to that - it really does hurt! Sad
Tony Irwin
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Posted on 30-06-2008 23:35

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Thanks, Tabanus then. I let the larva in the same place, so, I can't rear it. Fortunately it don't bited me.
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