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    What is this odd creature?

    I was grooming some young waterlily plants the other day and noticed two little snorkel like things sticking up at the edge of a leaf. When I lifted the leaf to inspect, i found these strange little creatures attached to the edge of the leaf with the snorkel above the water I'm assuming to breathe air? Can any one identify these things? snorkel critter.jpgsnorkel.jpg

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    That looks like some sorta mushroom trying to grow that's my my best at this time.
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    I'm quite sure it is some sort of insect, maybe in a pupal stage?
    Haven't been able to find it in the aquatic insect guides I have been looking through.

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    They are called rat tail maggots, just a larval stage on an insect. Kind of cool. Better than those annoying sandwich men.
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    Doesn't look like a rat tail larvae to me. It looks like some sort of pupae as the OP points out

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    Boy, I'm with you on the sandwich caterpillars! That's what I was cleaning up in this tank. They had made a big mess of my waterlily leaves.
    I'm still not sure about the snorkel creatures. Those were eliminated and I haven't found any more. I only have minnows in that tank. I would still like to find out what they are.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilylady View Post
    They are called rat tail maggots, just a larval stage on an insect. Kind of cool. Better than those annoying sandwich men.

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    I didn't think that is what they are either. I did see the rat tail larvae in the aquatic bug guides.
    Quote Originally Posted by Douwe View Post
    Doesn't look like a rat tail larvae to me. It looks like some sort of pupae as the OP points out

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    Are you going to open one up or wait to see what happens?

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    I destroyed the ones I took the photo of, they were very delicate. Then I had the same thought and am looking for others. I've made a covered tank to put some in and see what hatches out. Just have to find some more now.

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    Are you going to open one up or wait to see what happens?

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    Simply open one up carefully and check out with magnifying glass. Or as has been suggested. Let it continue with development. It is a very interesting critter. Whatever it is.

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