Polarized Gnat larva!

Hi all,

Quickly sharing this video of a gnat larva from soil. Few weeks ago we were asked to get soil samples for enriching nitrogen fixing bacteria. During visual inspection we found that there are some tiny worms in the soil.

Google helped us identify them as Gnat larvae. They are infamous because of their ubiquitous presence in soil and the nuisance they create by infesting roots of plants. Although the Gnats themselves are harmless, the larvae can sometimes kill the plants by eating away the roots!

Wish I could capture better clips 🙁 but my phone’s storage became full!

Have fun foldscoping!
Mitali Patil
Undergrad
Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College.

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