The third chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Fan fighters”.
Black fly larvae (Simulium sp.) offer an amazing aspect. Their maxillae are transformed in fan-like structures used to catch food particles and tiny organisms from the water which constitute their food. To select the place to stand up and display their fans is a very important task, so disputes and fights for the space are very common. When finishing the metamorphosis, these larvae become black flies that food on blood and can be a serious issue for the people in riverside villages.
This is the third chapter of a series that will bring to us a video per day during this confinement forced by COVID-19.
We hope that you enjoy this initiative, which gives access to a documentary series for free to the world, and you share it with everyone you think will possibly be interested.
Science into Images’s team.