17. Phantom killer

The 17th chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Phantom killer”.

Dipters of the Chaoborus genus are very strange, especially their aquatic larvae and pupa. They are completely transparent, a characteristic that has bring them the name of “phantom midges”. Although their apparent delicacy these larvae are terrible predators of smaller animals, which they capture using their cephalic appendages transformed into hooks. Two pairs of gas vesicles on the anterior and posterior regions of the body allows these larvae to regulate the position in the water column in a very similar way to our submarine ships.

This is the 17th 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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