Midge Larvae

Midge Larvae

 

the wormlike larvae of the two-winged midges of the genus Tendipes. They live in slime in lakes and ponds and feed mainly on decomposing organic matter. They can live in water with a deficiency of O2. Their bodies are bright red as a result of the presence of hemoglobin in the hemolymph. The larvae are a nutritious food for fish. They are used as fishing bait and as food for aquarium fish.

REFERENCE

Zhizn’ zhivotnykh, vol. 3. Moscow, 1969. Page 495.
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