culicine larva

Before I began to write this I thought, shall I just leave folk guessing what this is? Maybe I will, or … we will see …

It is taken from quite an unusal angle, and I suppose it looks like some kind of unusual golden screw with spikes or hairs radiating outwards. Yet it is a living organism. You cannot see any eyes because they are out of shot, which doesn’t really help much, does it?

There are quite a number of these organisms swimming in my garden pond at the moment forming one of the basis of its ecosystem.

Okay, it is a culicine larva, otherwise known as gnat or mosquito larva. I believe they feed on the algae in the pond. They hang from the surface of the water at an odd angle and breathe oxygen through a tube near the tip of the abdomen. They are amongst the very first creatures to colonise a pond, and they provide food for other life forms to thrive.

Rear garden pond, Staffordshire, England. July 2017.

19 thoughts on “Propelled

  1. Amazing. It REALLY does look like a golden screw.
    Sounds like you little pond is evolving just right (that a pond aught to do to provide a haven for plants and insects).

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I bulit my pond last May, and these were the first creatures I saw take up residence in it, and here they are again keeping the cycle going πŸ™‚ The pond evolution has been a beautiful thing to watch over the year, and I am amazed how life finds a way to make it its home πŸ™‚

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  2. Amazing! I had to do a double take because I thought it was a dandelion with the white, fluffy seeds. Now I know it’s a culicine larva ​or a gnat larva. What a strange​ looking species, I’ll have to look them up.

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