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Weird 'rat-worm' shows up on woman's porch


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Oh god....why did I watch that video? Oh fuuuuuuu. it's freaking gigantic....

I'm sorry but maggots and larvae are the only animals that really send me running, and one of that size....Why is it so freaking huge?????

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Good God! I'm about ready to vomit in horror.

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6 minutes ago, seanjo said:

Deformed vole?

It's a rat-tailed maggot according to the article, the larval stage of a hoverfly. It's just weird because it's way too huge for a maggot (I mean it doesn't appear to be a large animal, just freaking large for a non-tropical insect larva and in comparison to others of its species) The "tail" is some sort of organ they use to breath while under water.
I remember I encountered those things as a kid, in a bucket filled with rain water and leftover chunks of meat from a barbecue, but those were tiny (still yucky)

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Assuming corner molding and ant traps are the same size in the UK as the US, there's no way that thing is 5 inches long. More like 2

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Wow..kinda cool really. It moves fairly quick too. 

Would be neat to gather a few and have an obstacle course to see how they fare. 

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I'm hungry now...

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About 40 years ago as a kid I watched a schoolseducational programme for older children. It was about Silkworms. The brains and nerves system aren't like ours and easily removed and switched. They removed a brain from a full size silkworm and replaced it with one from a smaller catapiller. The body grew even bigger, whereas the brain from the bigger one in the smaller body caused the body to keep its size and pupate. Therefore I think that maggot may have a fault connected to its brain. If its a genetic fault then is possible the mother has laid eggs elsewhere and there are more of them. Why we don't see giant insects today is because of the way their bodies absorb oxygen from the air via capillaries and the percent of oxygen in the atmosphere. 21%. However before the dinosaurs appeared the ratio was 30% and some insects were gigantic. A dragonfly with a wingspan of 1 metre or a millipede 2 metres long. I expect some genetic engineering scientist will give them lungs one day and we'll have Locasts the size of Kangaroos hopping around the place. However trained ants the size of a bulldozer would be a useful work animal. Have a few in every loading depot. The races would be good too. And the locust jumping trials in the Olympics.

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Correction.

The brains aren't like ours with blood vessels and nerves attached, they're easily removed and switched using just a scalpel and tweezers.

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Oooo... yum. I'll take 2, please.

Fried, and some Tabasco if you will.

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God, what a disgusting creature.

Does it squish when stepped on?

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What a chubby fellow!

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42 minutes ago, schizoidwoman said:

What a chubby fellow!

That's what she said.

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1 hour ago, DirtyDocMartens said:

That's what she said.

Sexualized comments are discouraged. Just a gentle reminder.

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1 hour ago, pallidin said:

Sexualized comments are discouraged. Just a gentle reminder.

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Hey peeps, so its ugly and slimey, but there are uglier and slimier  humans. :P

Anyway, here they are ( the rat tailed maggot / drone fly)...not the human.

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Geez...where does she live?

Chernobyl?

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Deformed caterpillar.

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"rat-tailed maggot" - Thanks, I needed a new way to curse someone.^_^

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It almost appears as if the caterpillar got out of its cocoon, but the shell of it got stuck in the end, making it look like it has a tail.

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