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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 16, 2014 1:31 PM CST
I found these SWIMMING around in some putrid water! What are they?


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"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
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OldGardener
Jun 16, 2014 2:44 PM CST

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Bizarre! Approximately how large are they?
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 16, 2014 3:01 PM CST
The biggest ones about an inch or so the littler ones about a quarter to half inch, not counting their tails.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
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OldGardener
Jun 16, 2014 3:08 PM CST

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Are they rat-tail maggots?

http://www.dkimages.com/discov...

Illustration on page 9 of:

http://www.penobscotswcd.org/p...
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HamiltonSquare
Jun 16, 2014 3:10 PM CST
This may be what you have Very interesting. Rattailed Maggots
Drone fly, Eristalis tenax (Linnaeus), and Eristalinus aenus (Scopoli),
Syrphidae, DIPTERA
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 16, 2014 5:36 PM CST
I think that's what they are! Interesting yes .. but very gross. I wonder what dead thing the eggs were laid on.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
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OldGardener
Jun 16, 2014 5:56 PM CST

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They truly are one of the most bizarre looking critters that I have ever seen. Your photos are fantastic!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 16, 2014 6:09 PM CST
Thanks .. I should have taken video .. the way individuals swam around was really bizarre as well.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jun 16, 2014 6:12 PM CST
I forgot to add too, for those of you who are Anne McCaffrey's Pern fans, I would not be surprised if she used these critters for her description of Thread as they look almost exactly as she described.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
Name: greene
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greene
Jun 18, 2014 6:49 AM CST
I had never heard of these before; thanks for sharing.

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

Someone posted a Youtube of the rat-tailed maggots swimming. At one point the camera person holds a maggot in their cupped hand and after a short time the maggot starts eating the dead skin cells of the hand similar to the pedicure fish.

eeeww Crying
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jun 18, 2014 8:14 AM CST
ack! That's well, ack!
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
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OldGardener
Jun 18, 2014 9:37 AM CST

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Thank you for sharing the video

Xeramtheum said:ack! That's well, ack!

I couldn't say it any better myself nodding
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Name: greene
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greene
Jun 18, 2014 1:09 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
I would shake the hand of the man who made the video, but...no, guess not! Eeeewww.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 29, 2014 5:11 PM CST
I agree Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Sandy B.
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(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 25, 2014 7:13 PM CST
I knew there was something in the back of my mind about these... they are used as bait for ice fishing and called "mousies"! (Too bad the ice fishing bait market isn't very good in your area, Anne... Hilarious! )
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 25, 2014 7:18 PM CST
I count my blessings for sure!
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar

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