Tipula abdominalis, larva, possible identification, Nice Gneiss Cave, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Dekalb County, Georgia 1

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This is most likely the larva of the giant crane fly. The larva is aquatic. We frequently capture them during biological sampling in streams. I assume when the stream flowed though Nice Gneiss Cave there was habitat for the larva. On this visit the cave was completely dry. I located this crane fly larva under a rock while looking for salamanders. I had no idea they were capable of existing outside of an aquatic environment. I assume it stays in this state until rain returns water to the stream. For more information: bugguide.net/node/view/24959/bgimage


title Tipula abdominalis, larva, possible identification, Nice Gneiss Cave, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Dekalb County, Georgia 1
date yyyymmdd hr:mn 2010:09:19 12:06:28
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