03. Fan fighters

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.

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