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    swamp monster ID

    I was hiking and noticed a purple pitcher plant leaf that looked particularly funky. I peaked inside and there was a big ole larvae of something. It had a giant mouth that looked like it sucks air. There was also a much smaller black bit that could have been a dung roller or carrion beetle.

    Edit: I think it might be a flesh fly maggot.




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    Was it dead?
    <Heli> How are you guys losing your hamatas?
    <Brokken> Heli: The hamburglar.

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    It's the Beast of the Apocalypse.

    Yep, that's about right; or else, it's beetle larva . . .
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    Alive!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by petmantis View Post
    Was it dead?

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    I have read that some insects do depend on S. Purpurea. Namely mosquitos and moths. However, I have never read of flies having any special relationship with them.

    Edit: Just checked and apparantly some flies do depend on the carcasses for thier larvae.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/p...arpur/all.html

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    Try this snappy pamphlet out for size! http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/publica...sectivores.pdf

    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    I have read that some insects do depend on S. Purpurea. Namely mosquitos and moths. However, I have never read of flies having any special relationship with them.

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    Ha Ha cp-connection... yes you beat me to it. I knew some insects did, just couldn't recall reading about flies...

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