Gall midge larva

Gall midge larva

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Caption: Gall midge larva. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a larva of the gall midge (Feltiella acarisuga), which is also known as the gall gnat or gallfly. The larvae are ferocious carnivores that feed on spider mites (Tetranychus sp.), a common pest of vegetable crops and notably bean plants. As such the gall midge is used for biological pest control by organic farmers. Magnification: x32.5 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, biological control, carnivore, carnivorous, cecidomyiidae, coloured, feltiella acarisuga, gall midge, gallfly, gnat, immature, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, juvenile stage, larva, life cycle, nature, preadult, scanning electron micrograph, sem, spider mite-eating, wildlife, zoology

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