Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Crane fly maggot

video

I found this big, squirmy crane fly larva in the soil yesterday while I was pulling some weeds. I tried to take still pictures of it, but the darned thing wouldn't hold still. So I tried video mode.

It reminded me of an elephant seal. Or maybe an elephant's trunk. Only much smaller, and yuckier. After I finished filming it, I did what I figured was a practical thing: I fed it to my female wide-arm mantid. I will not post those pictures here, because it was horrible and gross. The maggot practically exploded with dark fluids. The mantid slurped up every drop. *gag* (sorry!)

Click here to see an adult crane fly in a previous post.

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