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

<strong>Mosquito larvae</strong>
These mosquito larvae were photographed in a drip pool under a rock ledge along the Piney River. The white dot at the end of the abdomen is where their "breathing tube" opens at the surface of the water. At this point ...
Mosquito larvae
These mosquito larvae were photographed in a drip pool under a rock ledge along the Piney River. The white dot at the end of the abdomen is where their "breathing tube" opens at the surface of the water. At this point of their life, mosquitoes are filter feeders, eating algae and small bits of food in the water. The 2 brush-like mouthparts are visible on the heads of these larvae. It is when they become an adult that the females begin to take a blood meal. Male mosquitoes eat plant juices and nectar. If you have ever wondered what good a mosquito is, the larvae are an important food source for many aquatic animals and the adults feed lots of birds, dragonflies and other animals.

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