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Another day, another fly larva from my riffling through the leaf litter.

230206 phaonia larva (1)

This was last Friday’s find, once again discovered amongst soggy Sycamore leaves. My go-to guy on Twitter tells me this is one of the Phaonia species of flies, and he wrote that this larva is ‘a ferocious predator that can be found throughout the winter in leaf litter. Goes after anything that it can pierce with its mouthparts.’ Beware ferocious fly larvae!

230206 phaonia larva (2)