The breathing tubes of rat-tailed maggots block water from entering via hydrophobic hairs.

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"Some diptera (Syrphidae or red-tailed maggots [rat-tailed maggots]) and Ephydridae (shore flies) have a pair of posterior, telescopic breathing tubes that open in spiracles with hydrophobic hairs that prevent water from entering." (van der Valk 2006:49)

Book
The Biology of Freshwater Wetlands (Biology of Habitats)Oxford University PressMarch 24, 2012
Arnold G. van der Valk

Journal article
Intestinal myiasis caused by Eristalis tenaxAquilera A; Cid A; Requeiro BJ; Prieto JM; Noya M

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Living System/s

Organism
Drone FlyEristalis tenaxSpecies

Organism
Flower Flies And Syrphid FliesSyrphidaeFamily

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