Living With Glassworms


Photo: Viridiflavus

Glassworms or Phantom Midges are midge larvae in the Genus Chaoborus. This genus is distributed globally and is found in lakes. The larvae are predators that feed on small crustaceans and mosquito larvae. Glassworms capture prey with their prehensile antennae. Their transparency helps conceal them from their prey and from predatory fish.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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