Subject: Green Slimy Bug in Salad
Location: Portland, OR
August 12, 2017 9:59 am
Found this in my salad after eating at a restaurant. It moved like a leach out of water. Able to elongate its body unlike any maggot I have seen before. No ribbed texture like a maggot. Greenish hue slimy, semi transparent able to see some innards. No obvious mouth parts.
This was in Portland, OR on August 7th. Salad was local organic greens. Wandering what it is for health reasons.
Signature: Harlan Whitman
What we sacrifice in not getting pesticides in our food is the occasional appearance of an insect in organic produce. This looks to us like the larva of a Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, like the one in this BugGuide image. Syrphid Fly larvae are beneficial predators that eat large quantities of Aphids, and it makes sense that they might be found in organic greens.