Mystery Larvae

July 3, 2011 | Tupaciguara, Minas Gerais, Brazil

These mysterious larvae were found underneath a piece of wood. At first I didn’t notice them as my eyes fixed on other more obvious things. Then I spotted one or two and thought perhaps they were some sort of plant tubers as they didn’t move at all. Even after picking up a few and examining them I still wasn’t convinced it was animal and not vegetable. In the hand, they felt stout and unyielding. After some test shots so I could zoom in for a closer look I still wasn’t sure. In the end I gathered some together for the shot above.

Looking now at the full resolution image, it’s clear they are some sort of larvae because I can make out mouth parts. I don’t see any legs, so I’m going to guess they are dipteran larvae.

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