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Unknown critters

Does anyone know what these critters are I found them in a bucket of waterIMG_0700[1].JPG

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Re: Unknown critters

They are very unusual looking creatures @Flo54. It would be good if we had a resident entomologist in the community who could identify them for you! 

 

Perhaps @CathM might have an idea - she spends more time in the garden than most people! She also has her own community of gardeners who might have ideas. 

 

Thanks for sharing,

 

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Re: Unknown critters

I'm not sure what there are @Flo54 If you do a google search of insects, with a short description, you can usually track them down in 'images'.

 

I'll have a look through one of my bug books today! :smile:

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Re: Unknown critters

Thank you all for trying to identify these little critters

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I've had a good look on Google images and can't find anything similar. Mysterious!

 

Did you have any luck @CathM?

 

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Re: Unknown critters

They're certainly not tadpoles!

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Re: Unknown critters

Hellgrammites maybe, the larvae form of a Dobsonfly.

Fairly sure it is a larvae of something.
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Mosquito lava see http://www.haslemerenaturalhistorysociety.org.uk/mosquitolarva.jpg and http://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Mosquito/Culicidae%20family/.html  Edit: On reflection I am probably wrong; what size are they?

 

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Re: Unknown critters

Then again they do look like the lavae of several of the mosquito species found in WA: So do a Google image search of "lavae" followed by each of these WA species and I think you will agree a mosquito.

Aedes camptorhynchus
Aedes notoscriptus
Aedes vigilax
Anopheles annulipes s.l.
Culex annulirostris
Culex quinquefasciatus
Toxorhynchites splendens
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