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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Animal structure and function  >  Growth (Animals)  >  Metamorphosis  >  Larvae
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Witjuti grub

This is a colour photograph of a witjuti grub ('Endoxyla leucomochla') on wood. The head region of the grub is shown. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Cossidae.)

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Vine weevils in soil

This is a colour photograph of seven vine weevil ('Otiorhynchus sulcatus') larvae in soil. The larvae are small c-shaped grubs, which are creamy white in colour. Their bodies are semi-translucent, have a distinct brown head and are segmented.

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Types of coral reproduction

Coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison discusses sexual and asexual types of reproduction in coral reefs. Footage of living reefs together with animations are used to illustrate the differences between sexual and asexual reproduction.

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Coral reproduction patterns

Coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison discusses the complexities of coral reef reproduction patterns. Footage of living reefs with animation illustrates patterns of developing larvae, and dispersal and attachment on and between reefs.

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Mass coral spawning

Professor Peter Harrison was part of a scientific team that discovered that many coral species around the world synchronise their reproductive cycles and spawn together on the same night in a phenomenon called mass spawning. Scientists think corals use environmental cues to trigger mass spawning events. The discovery of ...

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What damages and stresses coral reefs?

In this clip, coral reef scientist Professor Peter Harrison responds to a request by Dr Kiki Sanford to outline specific natural and human-induced factors that stress coral reefs. He then explains that a combination of both natural and chronic human stressors is leading to a decline of coral reef systems around the world.

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Gaps in understanding of coral reef ecology

In this clip, coral reef scientist Professor Peter Harrison explains that there are still huge gaps in our knowledge of coral reef ecology. He states that one of the key concerns among researchers is how corals are likely to respond to a changing climate that is causing sea temperatures to rise and ocean chemistry to change. ...

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The future of coral reefs

In this clip, Dr Kiki Sanford asks coral reef scientist Professor Peter Harrison whether he sees a bleak future for the world’s coral reefs. He replies that, although the overall health of coral reefs worldwide will probably continue to decline, there is much reason for hope that at least some coral reef communities will ...

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Animal weapons: antlion

This is a colour clip showing how the antlion, the predatory larval form of lacewings in the Myrmeleontidae family, uses a conical trap to catch its prey. Antlions often build pits in clusters turning the ground into a 'minefield' for passing prey. Once an antlion completes its conical trap it hides under the sand at the ...

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Adult robber fly scientific illustration

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration in outline of an adult robber fly ('Leptogaster' sp) showing body segments, legs and compound eyes. The detailed vein pattern of the wings is clearly visible. A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Diptera, Family: Asilidae.)

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Honey bee stages and broodcomb

This is a colour photograph of eight honey bees ('Apis mellifera') and a piece of broodcomb. The honey bees show a progression through the final three stages of development from larvae through pupae to mature adult. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Apidae.)

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Broodcomb of the honey bee

This is a colour photograph of the broodcomb of the honey bee ('Apis mellifera') showing open and sealed cells. The sealed cells contain pupating larvae. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Apidae.)

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Larva of the western petaltail dragonfly

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of the larva of a western petaltail or giant western dragonfly ('Petalura hesperia'). A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Odonata, Family: Petaluridae.)

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Larva of spitfire

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of a larva of a sawfly or spitfire ('Perga' sp.) whose caterpillar appearance resembles that of moth and butterfly larvae. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Pergidae.)

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Congregation of spitfire larvae on a host plant

This is a colour photograph of a congregation of spitfire or sawfly larvae ('Perga' sp.) on a host plant. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Pergidae.)

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Hawk moth pupa

This is a colour photograph of a pupa of a hawk moth ('Hippotion scrofa') lying in the soil among litter near the base of its food plant. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Sphingidae.)

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Caterpillar of the Ulysses butterfly resting on a leaf

This is a colour photograph of a Ulysses butterfly caterpillar ('Papilio ulysses') resting on a leaf. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Egg of the Richmond birdwing butterfly

This is a colour photograph of a round golden-yellow egg of the Richmond birdwing butterfly ('Ornithoptera richmondius') laid on the underside of a leaf. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Egg of an orchard butterfly

This is a colour photograph of an egg of an orchard butterfly ('Papilio aegeus') on the underside of a leaf. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Larva of a maculate or three-banded lady beetle

This is a colour photograph of a larva of the maculate or three-banded lady beetle ('Harmonia octomaculata') on a leaf. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Coleoptera, Family: Coccinellidae.)