Insect Larva – catching and eating a nematode

A larva (plural larvae /ˈlɑːrv/) is a distinct juvenile form many animals undergo before metamorphosis into adults. Animals with indirect development such as insects, amphibians, or cnidarians typically have a larval phase of their life cycle.

The larva’s appearance is generally very different from the adult form (e.g. caterpillars and butterflies). A larva often has unique structures and organs that do not occur in the adult form. Their diet may also be considerably different.

The mostly unseen world in a drop of water houses a micro universe of life. Here is a seldom seen interaction of an insect larva catching  and eating a nematode. All this happens at a scale that is not visible to the human eye.

 

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