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Help Beefy Identify the Mystery Organism

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by beefy, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

    Apr 21, 2007
    South Georgia

  2. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    It looks like kelp. If it isn't kelp, but some animal organism, it looks like trouble.

  3. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    where did you find it at,was it alive when you found it,can you put like a dime or other change next to it so we can judge size.
  4. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    I'm assuming you mean that brown thing that is bigger on one end then gets skinny. Was/is it alive? If so, did it creep like an inch worm? It looks to me like what we call a "mouse". It's a developmental stage of flies. That will crawl off into a place it deams as good and then it will get a dry crusty outside and then hatch into a fly.
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I answered Beefy over on the garden forum where this was also posted, but for anyone who's curious, it's a "rat-tailed maggot". Seriously. The aquatic larva of a syrphid hoverfly. Basically harmless, allegedly good fishbait, all-around cool gross pond critter [​IMG]

    (e.t.a - as Miss Kitty says, they are also sometimes called 'mouses'. They pupate terrestrially, so you can indeed sometimes see them roaming near the edges of skanky stagnant muddy organicky ponds/ditches/puddles etc)

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    That is just disgusting.
  7. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Nas-ty! [​IMG]

  8. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    ah, the line between disgusting and beautiful is a thin one indeed . . .
  9. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

    Apr 21, 2007
    South Georgia
    it was in a pot that has a palmetto palm in it with a bunch of bark in for mulch to keep the chickens from digging in it and it collects rain water b/c it doesnt have drainage so when i went i went to dump the water (again) i found those. there were five and i gave them to the chickens. i'm sure there are others in the pot, i'll just leave them be.


    at least its not a bee or i would feel really bad...
  10. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    Well when I first read the title I sure didn't think he was asking us to idenify that LOL. Good thing I read it twice before I clicked and posted hey LOL

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