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    theres a bucket sitting in the garden. Fern used to play with it and it has sand and stones in the bottom. Its gradually filled up with rain water. I went to tip it out today and noticed things that looked like mini tadpoles in it! They dont swim like tadpoles though. They have wee heads and tails with 2 little bits on the end. Any ideas what they are? Please dont tell me they are something minging! Im hoping for something nice.
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    um... could we have a photo so i could tell if its an amphibian thing or insect larva?
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    • #3
      just ran out the back to take a pic but I couldnt get a clear one. The kept moving and the light was going. So, heres what i could get. I drew a pic next to one of them to show you the shape.

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      • #4
        Easy to id that! Its mosquito larvae. congratulations on gaining a colony. I often find them in buckets of water in the garden.
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        • #5
          Wierd!!!! Could they still be tadpoles - growing their legs dont know x

          My first thoughts were slugs until the foties god Im no good at animal species at all?

          I would like to say you have done the same as me - many would have tipped the bucket and let the creatures live or die - I always let everything live - even wasps and Im allergic to their sting it can be unfortunate for our paths to cross but not intenional on the wasps part!! ........... I hope!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by indri View Post
            Easy to id that! Its mosquito larvae. congratulations on gaining a colony. I often find them in buckets of water in the garden.


            OMG well ive got a top tip for this I have a water butt (i have never looked under the lid) but a couple drops of vegetable oil stop these forming (dont know how it works) ..... hey may not have much biological knowledge but have some knowledge be useful or not - hee-hee
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            • #7
              Originally posted by indri View Post
              Easy to id that! Its mosquito larvae. congratulations on gaining a colony. I often find them in buckets of water in the garden.
              Oh no! Really? Why would they be in the water??? And how do they start flying? ooooo, I think i might dispose of them now! Will they all come out and bite me? i thought Mosquitos were only abroad!
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              • #8
                They will form a cocoon (think caterpillars here) and emerge from this at the surface of the water with their wings. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and it is there where the larvae live and grow until ready to emerge as adults. Only the female mosquitoes bite, so you could always hope they are all male! ha ha! Sorry mosquitoes are not just a tropical problem!

                Any time you get anything else you want to ID then just post a picture and I'll do my best. If I can't ID it I know someone who can!
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                • #9
                  yuck!

                  So how come you know so much about these things? Is that your job?

                  xx
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                  • #10
                    I've always been interested in wildlife. always been trying to id whats in my garden and other places. part of my job (I work at a university when Im not on maternity leave!) is helping doing talks to schools about exotic animals (tarantulas, geckos, snakes, tortoises, cockroaches etc).
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by indri View Post
                      I've always been interested in wildlife. always been trying to id whats in my garden and other places. part of my job (I work at a university when Im not on maternity leave!) is helping doing talks to schools about exotic animals (tarantulas, geckos, snakes, tortoises, cockroaches etc).
                      ....................and you thought we were just a craft forum! Great info Indri - it wouldn't let me rep you yet though!

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                      • #12
                        oooooo, interesting job! Thanks for the ID !
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                        • #13
                          can be quite fun - I work with researchers, undergraduates, do proper lab type sciencey stuff and play with cockroaches! Plenty of variety
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