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This is a discussion on Species ID within the Outdoor Ponds forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; So found a boat full of what looks like larvae or fry or what have you. It's not a quite ...

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    So found a boat full of what looks like larvae or fry or what have you. It's not a quite "pond" in the traditional (or intentional!) sense, but more a pool of water in a derelict Fireball sailing dinghy.

    Anyone able to identify these guys?
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    Could they be Caddis Fly larvae?

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    If they are Caddis larvae, it would be interesting to give them materials like beads to make designer shells:

    The Ornate Protective Cases of Caddisfly Larvae «TwistedSifter

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    Given their location in a standing pool of water - mosquito larvae would get my vote. Clearer pictures would help with the ID. Caddies fly usually build a case of small twigs, leaf shreds or tiny pebbles ... your pictures don’t show any casings around them.
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    I'm going with caddis too. Maybe just nothing in the 'pond', for them to build with.....

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    The breathing tube on the tail looks like mosquito larvae to me.

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    Another way to tell is do they crawl around on the bottom of the boat ... or do they wriggle and sort of swim when you touch them. Caddis flies crawl around on rocks and twigs in streams/creeks ... that is not the behaviour of mosquito larvae, they are squiggle swimmers. Caddis fly have gills and don't need to come to the surface to breath, mosquito larvae do.
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    maybe damsel fly or dragon fly larvae? hard to tell how big they r. maybe davefrombc will show up to help id.

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    Sounds like it's mosquito larvae. That was actually my initial thought, but being so cold and seeing so few mosquitoes this time of year, I didn't think it was very likely. Thanks for the input, guys.

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    I dunno, hard to tell with out a size reference, but they look way too big to me for mosquitos

 

 


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