21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Midgle Fly larva viewed with a light microscope

Midge fly larva Chaoborus sp found in fresh water ponds. This insect larva is predator of smaller water fleas (Cladocerans). One of the is shown to the top right of its head. The image is photographed with a combination of polarized light and darkfield microscopy. 25X

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Date Taken: 05.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Calgary, Canada
Copyright: © Robert Berdan