rat-tailed larva

variants: or rat-tailed maggot

Definition of rat-tailed larva

: the larva of a syrphid fly of Eristalis or related genera that is remarkable for the long telescopic tubular tail with spiracles at the tip through which air is brought down from above the mud or putrefying matter in which the larva lives

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“Rat-tailed larva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rat-tailed%20larva. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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