Rat-tailed maggots ( Tubifera ), for example, survive in shallow marshes by means of a telescoping tail-breathing tube that they extend to the water surface for air. Some larvae of shore flies (Ephydridae) and some nematodes take advantage of the air spaces in plants and obtain oxygen… Read More
The rat-tailed maggot is the larval form of the adult hoverfly. The eggs are laid in the water and hatch into larva which have a cylindrical shape with segmentation showing as horizontal folds along the body. In each segment there are two flexible hairs.
Rat-tailed maggots live in shallow aquatic habitats with high organic matter content, places like sewage lagoons, stagnant pools, drainage ditches, and similar waters with high concentrations of animal feces, decaying vegetation, or other decaying material.
Rat-tailed maggots are the larvae of hover flies. Hover flies are pollinators. The world needs all the pollinators it can get right now. You may have heard about Colony Collapse Disorder in bees. Bees are disappearing in droves. There are about 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of food globally. Of these, 71 are pollinated by bees.
A: The creatures are rat-tailed maggots, a phrase you’ve always wanted to mutter under your breath when cut off in traffic. They are the larva of a drone fly (bee fly), a harmless insect that resembles a honeybee as it visits garden flowers. I can tell by your enthusiasm that you do not suffer from Scoleciphobia! see. Drone Fly.
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