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Larval Trunkfish

While most of the larvae out there are from crustaceans and insects, larvae come from a wide variety of taxonometric groups including several groups of Chordates. Today's animal is one of my favorite larvae of all from Belize - the Spotted Trunkfish (Lactophrys bicaudalis (Linnaeus, 1758)). My idea of a perfect day out would be to dive on the reef at Carrie Bow Cay in the early morning and then spend the rest of the day snorkeling in the mangroves nearby, looking for and at the larval forms of fish and the invertebrates. So, on to the trunkfish... [...]

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Blue Blow Fly – Cynomyopsis cadaverina

Yummm… necrophagous larvae, or maggots, of the Blue Blow-Fly,Cynomyopsis cadaverina (Robineau-Desvoidy). The larvae of many species of fly feed on dead tissue. This is highly useful as an ecosystem service as they very effectively clean up any carrion that is missed or left over from any larger scavengers. Some species maggots feed only on necrotic […][...]

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Monarch – 5th Instar

Monarch - 5th InstarThe large 5th instar of the Monarch butterfly, a survery of monarch subspecies and the importance of Juvenile Hormone for the migration of the Monarch Butterfly.[...]

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Monarch – 4th Instar

Monarch - 4th InsatrVery few monarch eggs hatch and survive to become adults. Among the predators is the Asian ladybug, a voracious insectivore. [...]

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Monarch – Egg Mk. III

Monarch Butterfly Egg Of monarch butterfly eggs found in the garden and research on the complex chemoreceptors on butterfly tarsi (roughly analogous to feet), which allow them to taste the flowers and leaves they land on. The researchers found that[...]

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