Definition of rat-tailed maggot in English:

rat-tailed maggot


  • The aquatic larva of the drone fly, with a tail-like telescopic breathing tube that enables it to breathe air while submerged.

    • ‘This means that farmers face problems with rat-tailed maggots in June and once again in August / September.’


rat-tailed maggot

/rat tāld ˈmaɡət/ /ræt teɪld ˈmæɡət/