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Found this in the Water…….
Location: Great Bend Zoo, Great Bend Kansas
February 2, 2011 5:06 pm
While tending to a busted waterline at the Great Bend Zoo, we found 2 of these swimming around in the freezing water. Temperature was about -2 with a windchill factor of -10 at the time we found them.
Signature: Johnny Z.

Horse Fly Larva

Hi Johnny,
You found a Horse Fly Larva.  You can compare your photo to the one on the Horse Flies and Deer Flies of Kentucky website.  Female Horse Flies which are also known as Gadflies feed upon blood and lay their eggs on plants near the water’s edge.  Most Horse Flies have aquatic larvae, but some Horse Fly larvae develop in damp earth.

Daniel Marlos,
Thank you so very much for such a fast response.  We weren’t quite for sure what it was, but we had guessed a larva of some sort.
Again, thank you for the fast response 🙂
Johnny Z.
-Zoo Keeper/Safety Officer, Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo

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