Story: Life in fresh water

Suction cups

Suction cups

This scanning electron micrograph image shows the underside of the 6-millimetre larva of a net-winged midge. The larva uses the row of six suction cups to hold onto the stream bed, so that the current does not wash it away.

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Photograph by Alex Huryn

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Roger Young, 'Life in fresh water - Freshwater habitats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11610/suction-cups (accessed 22 February 2020)

Story by Roger Young, published 24 Sep 2007