The black soldier fly larva turns most organic substances into nutrient-rich protein and frass, a valuable organic fertilizer. Significant reductions in E. coli and Salmonella were measured in manure after larvae were introduced in it. They can also purify biomass contaminated with heavy metals. entomologytoday.org/2020/…
Weaver ants have it’s the insect version of squeezing glue from a bottle. An adult weaver holds a silk-producing larva in its jaws, spreading the larva’s sticky secretions to bind leaves for the colony nest. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Female wasps will attack almost any other insect to implant their eggs, which hatch into parasitic larva that eventually kill their host. This actually makes them useful as a 'green' method of pest control, being intentionally introduced to decimate the populations of crop-killing pests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Jellyfish are part of the Physium Cnidaria (which also includes Corals) and start their life as Larva that hooks to the ground and can reproduce asexually. The part we know as a Jellyfish "spawns" once it reaches adult size and reproduces normally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jel…
Although the custom is relatively recent, larvae are used frequently by several brands of mezcal to give flavor to the drink. A whole larva is deposited in the bottle, normally after having previously been cured in pure alcohol. Today, several brands are doing this including Patron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mez…
The aardwolf, a member of the hyena family, can weigh less than 10 kg. The carnivore primarily eats insects and larva. One aardwolf can lap up as many as 250,000 termites in a single night using its long, sticky tongue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aar…
Ladybugs are susceptible to wasp parasites that can control their minds to watch over the wasp eggs. The wasp stings the ladybig, which hosts the wasp larva until they finally burst out of her abdomen and weave a cocoon between her legs. Sometimes the ladybug can be parasited twice! sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
Jellyfish reproduce sexually creating a plantula larva, that hooks itself to the seafloor. It develops into a polyp resembling a "miniature sea anemone", which then reproduces asexually, cloning itself. After months to years, they leave the seafloor as ephyra, eventually maturing into medusa. scientificamerican.com/ar…
There is a larva that bends his own body and uses hidrostatic pressure to jump distances in a speed of 1m/sec - on a human scale it would be a distance of 60m! youtube.com/watch?time_co…
The emerald cockroach wasp, turns its host into a submissive zombie by injecting venom directly into its brain. It then drags the paralyzed cockroach into a chamber and lays an egg on it. The larva hatches and bores inside the host, eating its insides while it is still alive. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Cynipid wasps lay their eggs on trees. Once hatched, the larva secretes a pheromone that causes the tree to form a "fruit" around it that protects it until maturation. marylandgrows.umd.edu/201…
The tarantula hawk stings and paralyzes a tarantula, drags the specimen to a brooding nest, and lays a single egg on the spider’s abdomen. The wasp larva hatches, creates a hole in the spider's abdomen, and enters to feed, avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep the spider alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
A female wasp injects its egg into the ladybird, the larva munches on its host's internal tissues before breaking out through the abdomen bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Mud dauber wasps will hunt spiders, paralyze but not kill them, and then cram as many as two dozen small spiders into a nest cell for their larva to feed on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud…
Today I learned of the Tarantula Hawk. One of the largest wasps, they use their sting to paralyze their prey before dragging it to a brood nest as living food; a single egg is laid on the prey, hatching to a larva which eats the still-living prey. It also has one of the most painful stings in the entire world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Mexican jumping beans are seed pods that have been inhabited by the larva of a small moth The "bean" "jumps" when heated because the larva spasms in an attempt to roll the seed to a cooler environment to avoid dehydration and consequent death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
The Hymenoepimecis Argyraphaga is a wasp that paralyzes a spider to lay an egg in its abdomen. The resulting larva will then use a mind-altering chemical to modify the spider's web building behavior in order to make a web strong enough to support the larva's cocoon. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Emerald Cockroach Wasp injects venom into a specific part of a cockroaches brain to stop its escape/survival instinct response, lays an egg in it's abdomen, then its larva eats the organs in a specific way to keep the roach alive before it cocoons and leaves its body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eme…
The Tarantula Wasp keeps a tarantula paralyzed so it’s larva feeds on the live spider avoiding the vital organs to keep it alive as long as possible. nps.gov/articles/tarantul…
Ampulex wasps paralyze cockroaches before clipping their antennae and drinking their blood directly from their heads. Afterward, they drag the roach to a burrow where wasp larva feed on the subdued living cockroach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
The tarantula hawk stings and paralyzes a tarantula, drags the specimen to a brooding nest, and lays a single egg on the spider’s abdomen. The wasp larva hatches, creates a hole in the spider's abdomen, and enters to feed, avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep the spider alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The Braconide Wasp lays its eggs into ladybugs, where the larva survive off of the ladybugs intestines before they essentially zombiefy them, crawl out through their anus, and then force them to stand still for days while the larva builds its cocoon between the ladybugs legs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Green eyed wasps use a virus to turn ladybugs into zombies to guard their wasp larva until the wasps emerge as adults sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
Today I learned of The Human Botfly, (Dermatobia Hominis) A Insect Resident Of Central And South America, Who Lays It's Eggs On Mosquitos, Who Then Bite Mammals, And Deposit The Eggs In The Bite Holes. The Eggs Then Grow Into Larva Under The Skin And Begin Consuming The Host's Skin, until it matures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der…
Today I learned about the Titan Beetle which can grow over 6 inches and has jaws that can cut a pencil in half. The larva have never been found but are believed to grow up to a foot long. bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pre…
The jewel wasp reproduces by stinging a cockroach (removing its escape reflex), then leads them to a burrow and lays an egg in its abdomen. The larva slowly consumes the cockroach for several days before pupating in its abdomen, emerging as an adult about a month later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eme…
Today I learned of Bacon Therapy; bacon fat is used to entice the larva under your skin to come to the surface to be removed. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
There is a wasp that lays its eggs inside ladybugs. The ladybug lives normally until the wasp larva emerges, immobilizes it, and builds a cocoon on the ladybug's leg. The ladybug remains alive in a zombified state, and will even fight off predators, allowing the cocooned wasp to safely mature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
In 2005 actual scientific reports showed that chemicals in birth-control pills make frog larva develop intersex gonads ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
There is a parasitic worm who's larvae zombifies an animal by taking control of the host's brain, telling it to drown itself (so the larva can escape back into the water). translate.google.com/tran…
Female tarantula hunters will sting and paralyze a tarantula, bring it back to its nest, and lay an egg on it. When the larva hatches, it enters the tarantula's body and feeds off it, but will avoid the vital organs to keep the tarantula alive as long as possible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
A wasp lays eggs inside a spider which remains alive, and the larva brainwashes it into weaving the foundations of a cocoon. The zombified spider is then the larva's first feast. damninteresting.com/mind-…
Today I learned of Casu Marzu, a traditional Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. The cheese is considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac and the larva can leap up to 15 centimetres when the cheese is disturbed or eaten. ilovecheese.co.uk/casu-ma…
There is an entire family of wasps that are known for attacking a spider, and planting an egg inside it. The egg then hatches, and the larva eats the paralyzed spider from the inside out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Mexican jumping beans "jump" because of a larva living inside. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
Mexican "jumping beans" are actually larva within beans. They "jump" when heated because the larva spasms in an attempt to roll the seed to a cooler environment to avoid dehydration and consequent death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
The United States has a poisonous caterpillar/moth called the Megalopyge opercularis. The 'fur' of the larva contains venomous spines that cause extremely painful reactions in human skin upon contact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
Today I learned of the Human Botfly, a fly who's eggs hatch in your skin and the larva eat your tissues until they emerge as a fly that resembles a bumblebee. entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/c…
Today I learned of a species of moth (Ceratophaga vicinella) who's larva has a diet of solely the shells of dead tortoises, specifically the gopher tortoise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
Cydia is named after the Codling Moth (Cydia pomonella) because it's larva is the infamous "worm in the apple" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyd…
Starfish metamorphosis is unlike caterpillars. The star grows inside its larval form, independent of the larva's bodily functions. When the star pierces its way out of the larva, the larva continues to temporarily live independently from the star. The same thing exists as two living organisms drmetablog.com/2012/05/me…
The Jewel Wasp, also known as the β€œEmerald Cockroach Wasp”, is a parasitic wasp that injects various mind controlling toxins into a cockroach’s brain then leads the roach back to its burrow where its hatched larva ultimately slowly eat the still living cockroach’s body from inside en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/E…
The larva of the Asian swallowtail butterfly disguises as bird poop. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Bacon can be used to lure larva out wounds. news.msn.com/science-tech…
Mexican jumping beans have the larva of a small moth living inside them, and they jump when the larva is trying to escape from the pot and reach a cooler environment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
After observing the C-shape of the timber beetle larva jaw, Joseph Buford Cox designed the modern day chainsaw chain and afterward founded the Oregon Saw Chain Co. wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph…
Ticks only feed three times, once at each stage of life- Larva, Nymph, Adult. iassistdata.org/blog/conc…
There's a beetle whose larva lures and kills frogs, and the adults hunt and paralyse them. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Tequila Worms Do Not Exist - Worms (Larva) Are Only Found in a Drink Called Mezcal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teq…
There is a species of parasitic wasp larva that can control the nervous system of a host spider and force the spider to spin a web for its cocoon. nytimes.com/2015/09/14/sc…

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