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Aquatic larva? => Heptatoma pellucens
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Posted on 23-12-2019 10:51

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Hi everyone,

I'm not sure if this is a Diptera, found at the edge of a small pond near frog spawn. Germany, lower Bavaria, 9th April 2019. I've seen lots of similar looking larva floating at the surface in August.
Thank you!
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Edited by FliegenFranz on 23-12-2019 13:14
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Posted on 23-12-2019 11:36
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The larva of the horsefly Heptatoma pellucens. Very characteristic dorsal hairpatches giving it a brownish appearance
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Posted on 23-12-2019 11:45
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By the way, definitely aquatic and it seems to prefer organically enriched stagnant water bodies
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Posted on 23-12-2019 13:13

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Thank you Smile I didn't expect a species ID! Indeed the pond where I found it is organically enriched and stagnant
Edited by FliegenFranz on 23-12-2019 13:16
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