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    What are Swimming in My Rainwater?

    I was just refilling my plastic jugs with rainwater, and I thought I saw some weird things in my first jug, but I kept fillin', but when I finished filling my second jug, I knew for sure something was up. So I dumped the water out to check, and saw these things swimming around.

    I took a video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQiOcMCARqc

    I'm sure someone here knows what these are!
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    Mosquito larvae, probably.
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=6789&dateline=1352508752

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    yup 100% sure they are mosquito larvae
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    Do I need to worry about anything, or can I just keep them in my water I water my plants with? I don't need to go in my water with a knife and cut 'em in half to make sure they die, or get them out so they don't rot in my water, do I?
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    they won't harm you're plant, however when they molt into adults they'll look for yer blood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carnivoure12 View Post
    they won't harm you're plant, however when they molt into adults they'll look for yer blood.
    I don't mind that. As long as my plants will be okay.
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    Get some "MosquitoDunks" at Home Depot if you want safe, effective biological control.

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    I just leave my mosquito larva alone..they do no harm, and they wash out when it rains..
    if I know a good rain storm is coming, I dump out my rain barrel, the larva will die in the grass, they cant become adult mosquitos outside of water..

    I saw an awesome video..I think its a BBC or Nova-type documentary about carnivorous plants..(I have the VHS tape around somewhere..not sure where at the moment..)
    anyway..the video shows a mosquito emerging from its pupa stage right at the water's surface..
    in a small pond or puddle..
    its comes out of the "cocoon"..sits around for a few minutes to dry its wings..takes its first ever flight, and immediately flies into a sundew leaf that is 2 inches away!
    brilliant..

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