Fresh Water Grub, found under a rock in a small stream.
June 1, 2010
We found this fresh water grub in a stream in West Virginia. Pics can be zoomed in quite a bit, they’re high quality.
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
If we didn’t know you had found this in an aquatic environment, we might have identified this as a Botfly Larva. We just found a photo on BugGuide that looks quite similar. The problem is that Botfly Larvae are internal parasites, and are not found in aquatic environments. This is a mystery, and we hope someone can assist in this identification. We cannot imagine this being anything other than a Fly Larva.
Thanks for your reply, I’ll do some more research and see what I can find. If I learn anything new about it, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Several people provided comments that this is a Cranefly Larva.