Did you find the mystery invertebrate from last week? No? Do you need a hint? It’s the caddisfly larvae.
Caddisfly larvae were some of my favorite freshwater invertebrates to teach students about when I worked as an educator at Frost Valley YMCA. Learn more about these cool critters and the houses they make in today’s comic: caddisfly construction.
Learn more about caddisflies here!
Think you need glasses? Probably not as much as an octopus in low oxygen conditions. New *eye-opening* research by lead author Lillian McCormick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, shows that exposure to low oxygen levels can render some invertebrate larvae almost blind. Imagine if you lost your vision every time you held your breath! Learn more in today’s comic: octopus optometrist
Still curious? Learn more here.
Feeling ambitious? Check out the actual scientific article here.
Preparing for a spooky Halloween? These sand dollar larvae are literally splitting themselves from fear. Sand dollar larvae clone themselves as a defense strategy against scary predators. Check out today’s comic: dividing dollars to learn more.
Pretty spooky huh? Learn more here.
It’s graduation season! A time to celebrate the end of one life stage and the transition to the next step. Metamorphosis from larvae to adults is an invertebrate milestone just as deserving of a celebration.
Learn more about “graduations’ in marine snails (gastropods) in today’s comic: gastropod graduation
Also, check out a super cute swimming snail larvae in action!