Heads n' Tails, Another Worm

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Heads n' Tails, Another Worm

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Sony DSC-P200
1/200 sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 100
Zeiss Axiostar Plus 40X/0.65 CP Achromat
Brightfield, halogen illumination
Stitched and Processed w/Photo Impact 6

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Nice picture, Ken -- both interesting and attractive!

I'm quite ignorant about worms of all sorts, and I guess I have some misconceptions too 'cuz I find I'm surprised to see those long hairs or bristles or whatever they are on the lower worm, and also a hint of "hair" around the head(?) of the upper worm. Worms got hair?!

Where should I go looking to read up on these things?

--Rik

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Very nice colors and details Ken. :smt023
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Midge larva!

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Wim said:
Midge larva!
That's it! I knew I had seen this somewhere before but could not put a finger on what it was. Thanks Wim :D

There ya go Rik, midge larva :D Why I did not know what this was is beyond me. I always considered myself, well maybe not knowledgable but a rather informed fly fisherman and as many size 20 to 32 midge patterns I have tied and pulled my hair out over, I should have known this. :roll:

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Post by Wim van Egmond »

It's a very nice picture Ken! Super! This is quite a different midge larvae than the usual ones. I think it is the head and tail of a Forcipomyia species, a biting midge. They are nasty when they are adults. A relative of this midge was in the news in my country because they spread blue tongue disease in sheep.

I have a picture of a midge that resembles yours in my little museum:

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/micropo ... index.html

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That's it Wim. I have some full bodied shots, though not very detailed, however it does match perfectly the Forcipomyia that is on your web site. Thanks for the positive Id. :D

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Make sure you don't let it hatch! :) They realy bite!

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Ken Ramos wrote:There ya go Rik, midge larva :D
Midge larvae, eh? I would have gone about 2 lifetimes without getting that ID. Just goes to show that I should spend more time fishing! :D

--Rik

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Post by Bruce Williams »

Really good photo Ken - the more I look at it the more detail I discover. Surprising difference in colour and opacity between the two individuals :-k

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The colors are sort of a bit contrasty, the head and the gut line being the most colorful. Thanks Bruce :D

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