All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

A Mosquito larva at 100x magnification. These larvae are often called "wigglers" or "wriggletails" because of the way they wiggle their tail to move down from the surface of the water. The large conical structure on the "tail" (which is actually the en...
A Mosquito larva at 100x magnification. These larvae are often called "wigglers" or "wriggletails" because of the way they wiggle their tail to move down from the surface of the water. The large conical structure on the "tail" (which is actually the end of the abdomen) is the "snorkle" or breathing aparatus. It has 3 flaps at the end which open when the larva is at the surface, it closes when it dives.

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