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Tipula spec.
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Posted on 25-02-2019 14:06

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I suppose this is a Tipula larva. Found in the sand of a small forest stream in Bavaria (23rd February). The one in the picture was 2cm, I also found a 4,5cm long one

I've read they eat dead plant material, but why does it need those strong "mandibels" then visible in the picture (most of the time they were retracted)?
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Edited by FliegenFranz on 25-02-2019 14:09
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Posted on 25-02-2019 14:19

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2nd pic
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Posted on 27-02-2019 11:34
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Looks very much like the larvae of Tipula (acutitipula) maxima-group. I have no idea about the function and size of the mandibles
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