Teeny bugs in water

greenbean08_gw(PNW)May 26, 2009

When I took the plastic covering off the bed I planted early this year, I left it laying beside the bed -just in case I needed it again. Yesterday I looked at it and in the water puddles from the recent rain, were these little tiny specks. When I looked closer, they were moving. I dumped the water and went on. Today I looked and found more. Any thoughts as to what these might be? I didn't think to take a picture. If I see more tomorrow, I'll take one. I don't think they were mosquitos, they were lots smaller. About half the size of thrips maybe.

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I suspect they are probably mosquito larvae.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 12:02AM
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I finally remembered to upload the pictures I took of the tiny bugs. I apologize, they're not super clear, but here they are.

Just for scale, I do believe that's a piece of straw in the water. From Drop Box From Drop Box

I was thinking it might be some sort of gnat but after looking at the pictures, I'm starting to wonder how slugs start their lives? I haven't seen a slug here yet, so I'm not bettin' on that one, but in the picture it almost looks like a mini slug climbing up the plastic.

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    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 10:15PM
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I have no idea what those are, but they aren't mosquito larvae. The later has a pretty distinct way of 'wiggling' - small white rods that almost bend in half and straighten out quickly.

Honestly, if it were me, I wouldn't worry about them, maybe see what they turn into when, and if, they grow up. :-)

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 10:40PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

I was thinking something smaller than that, Bean. I have very, very tiny bugs in my pond that persist even after IÂve killed the mosquito larvae with Dunks. I donÂt know what they are, but I was thinking maybe it was what you had, but itÂs not. Mine are WAY smaller. Since yours are long, do/did they "squiggle" around? ThatÂs what mosquito larvae do! If thatÂs not what they are, I donÂt have any other ideas. But I see two different things there. Since you have Picasa, if you crop one of the pics to get a really, really closeup, might it help?

Slugs lay eggs that look like tiny clear round beads, usually on the undersides of leaves or on the soil surface. They wouldnÂt have been in waterÂbut I agree that a few of them look like very small slugs!

Maybe with the pics somebody else will have some ideas. IÂd like to know what mine are too, but theyÂre way to tiny to get a picture of. But whatever they are, they donÂt seem to do any damage to anythingÂor to evolve into anything!


    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 10:58PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

I gave my microscope away years ago and will soon purchase a new one for the 6-YO, and these things are not mosquito larvae. Seeing their propulsion thingies (that I can't remember the name of after 3 glasses of wine), these are typical pond dwellers that prey on smaller critters.

No worries. Carry on.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 11:07PM
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They are really cute!

I was thinking today, as I was completely covered in mud and bugs while digging out weeds, that if I did not like bugs, I'm not sure I'd love gardening as much as I do.

Oh, wow, that sure is a lot of them!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 12:29AM
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They didn't wiggle like mosquitos and unfortunately, these ARE cropped versions of the photos. They just get fuzzy any closer. There were a lot more of them but I dumped them all out, laid out the plastic to dry and folded it up (I'd like to say it's put away, but it has only made it as far as the front porch so far).

If I ever see them again, I'll try to take a better photo.

I always thought it was funny that when my stepson was young (about 4 or 5) when he found interesting bugs, he would come to get me, not his dad... Once at a party, he drug me over to watch a moth getting fried by the bug zapper. I could have done without that one :-)

I had a hard time convincing that same kid as a teenager that spiders really were ok. When he moved in with us at 15, his room was in the basement where we did have a few spiders. They weren't big ones, but he sure acted like they were the size of tarantulas!

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    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 12:57AM
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