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What's this? (edit: leather jacket)

 
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It's about 25-30mm or 1 inch long. It did not have legs, but it had bumps where legs might grow. Thanks!
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Face?
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four horns above head
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a little over one inch
 
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I thought, maybe, the nymph of our Eastern Big-eye Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus), but researching further, I'm not too sure. Interesting, for sure.
 
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Thanks Karen! Maybe. I hope it's not a gut worm that I picked up while in Africa or Middle East (if so, symptoms are minor). It's mouth seems to have three parts and be suction-cup shaped. I'm not seeing any pictures of leaches online that look like it, but that's what it's mouth reminds me of. It was dead when I found it,  so I can't observe it's behavior or hatch it out:(. It might help if I mention my location east of the cascades a few miles south of Canada.
 
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Google searches I'm seeing:
Lower Diptera (Nematocera)
Emelts
Leather jackets (Cranefly larvae)

Sorry for not including links. Internet is slower than usual today due to fog.

I searched a bit yesterday morning but searches with words like "worms" and "eyes" don't bring nice images pre-breakfast. I you know what I mean.
 
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Karen Donnachaidh wrote:Google searches I'm seeing:
Lower Diptera (Nematocera)
Emelts
Leather jackets (Cranefly larvae)


Thanks Karen! This one is creepy to think about while eating for sure! What seems like a face is it's backside apparently. I don't know if Mike still has leather jacket problems, but here https://permies.com/mobile/t/42552/Leather-Jacket-Control

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_fly

https://bugguide.net/node/view/258458/bgpage
 
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You are welcome. And, thanks to the links you provided in your last post, I think we can say that we've identified him. Teamwork!

Now, I've read today that they can be very destructive to your lawn, flowers and vegetables. What to do? If I didn't find large numbers of them or if their damage wasn't noticable, I'd probably just keep an eye out for now. If they're destroying lots, I did see beneficial nematodes listed as a solution. Should you start another thread and consult the masses? I wonder if chickens like them.
 
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