What's more gross than a fungus gnat larva? Thousands of fungus gnat larva swarming together to look like a giant blob snake. From afar, it just looks like a rotten log or snake trying to slide by on the sidewalk but when you get up close, the horror, the horror.
Scientists have always known that fruit fly larvae feast on rotting fruits and vegetable matter. But young maggots apparently also have a taste for their elder group members, according to a new study. Worst yet, when an older larva gets injured, group cannibalism ensues. It is as horrifying as it is fascinating.
Human space travel comes with a host of problems, not the least of which is our general inability to survive in a vacuum without, you know, dying. But a new technique that's done wonders for fruit fly larvae and could one day lead to the same for humans may have solved that problem. By bombarding larvae with…
Would you wear a jeweled pendent made by a bug? Caddisfly larvae use their own silk to construct elaborate suits of armor made from gravel, sand, and whatever other materials are at hand. French artist Hubert Duprat decided to replace these larvae's raw materials with gold and gemstones, letting them construct…
The predator-prey relationship between frogs and beetles seems like it would be pretty obvious doesn't it? Frog spots beetle, frog stealthily approaches beetle, frog eats beetle. Done, done and done.
If you didn't grow up inside of a zombie ladybug, you really missed out. That's how the larvae of a species of parasitic wasp spend their formative days, using a half-alive, twitching ladybug husk as an incubator and a shield from predators.