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Mosquito larva of Aedes aegypti,

Culicidae larvae of Aedes aegypti,

Description:

Mosquito larvae have a well-developed head with mouth brushes used for feeding, a large thorax with no legs, and a segmented abdomen. Larvae breathe through spiracles located on the eighth abdominal segment, or through a siphon, and therefore must come to the surface frequently. The larvae spend most of their time feeding on algae, bacteria, and other microbes in the surface microlayer. They dive below the surface only when disturbed. Larvae swim either through propulsion with their mouth brushes, or by jerky movements of their entire bodies, giving them the common name of "wigglers" or "wrigglers". Larvae develop through four stages, or instars, after which they metamorphose into pupae. At the end of each instar, the larvae molt, shedding their skins to allow for further growth

Habitat:

.marshland ,human settlements ..just anywhere

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Chennai, Union Territory of Puducherry, India

Spotted on Feb 8, 2012
Submitted on Feb 8, 2012

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