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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
insect larvae (=young insects with soft bodies and no wings)
▪ Fish love food such as worms and insect larvae.
▪ First there are infective larvae which developed during the previous grazing season and have survived on pasture over winter.
▪ Although the infective larvae can penetrate the skin, the infection rarely matures and there is no evidence as yet of transmammary infection.
▪ Unprotected by a shell, they are easy meat for insect larvae and flatworms.
▪ Both fish prefer live foods, such as worms, insect larvae and small fish.
▪ Instead they have to consume foods such as shrimps, snails, algae and insect larvae.
▪ In soft-bodied insect larvae, where the appendages are reduced or absent, locomotion occurs through quite different physical mechanisms.
▪ In a planted pond the fish will find plenty of algae and insect larvae on which they can feed in order to survive.
▪ Diet in the wild consists of snails, crustaceans and insect larvae.
▪ For example, we might imagine a population of unpalatable, but cryptic, insect larvae.
▪ Although their names make them sound like large predators, they are actually tiny insect larvae.
▪ Live, disinfected Daphnia and mosquito larvae are popular.
▪ The same was true for mealworm larvae, a species of butterfly, mosquito larvae, and milkweed-bug nymphs.
▪ Flake is often refused and live foods such as Tubifex, Mosquito larvae, small earthworms, are needed to tempt them.
▪ However, control by killing the mosquito larvae suffers from two main deficiencies.
▪ Gnat and Mosquito larvae, including Bloodworms, can not be bred, as they are the young stages of flying insects.
▪ They eat Tubifex, Daphnia, and mosquito larvae.
▪ At higher temperatures, development is faster and the larvae are hyperactive, thus depleting their lipid reserves.
▪ Escamoles are the larva and pupa stage of the red ant.
▪ Growth is rapid, on a diet of tiny larvae, worms and relatives.
▪ The eggs sit all winter, but don't turn to larvae until there's a rain.
▪ The sea squirt larva is not the only filter-feeder with such a significant rod in its back.
▪ There are three stages - larva, nymph and adult - each of which quite often feeds off a different host.
▪ There will be larvae too, but these are small and go through the sieve.
▪ This, at least, is some suggestion of a backbone, but the larva does not keep it for very long.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Larva \Lar"va\ (l[aum]r"v[.a]), n.; pl. L. Larv[ae] (l[aum]r"v[ae]), E. Larvas (l[aum]r"v[.a]z). [L. larva ghost, specter, mask.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any young insect from the time that it hatches from the egg until it becomes a pupa, or chrysalis. During this time it usually molts several times, and may change its form or color each time. The larv[ae] of many insects are much like the adults in form and habits, but have no trace of wings, the rudimentary wings appearing only in the pupa stage. In other groups of insects the larv[ae] are totally unlike the parents in structure and habits, and are called caterpillars, grubs, maggots, etc.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) The early, immature form of any animal when more or less of a metamorphosis takes place, before the assumption of the mature shape.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, "a ghost, specter," from Latin larva (plural larvae), earlier larua "ghost," also "mask;" applied in biological sense 1768 by Linnaeus because immature forms of insects "mask" the adult forms. On the double sense of the Latin word, Carlo Ginzburg, among other students of mythology and folklore, has commented on "the well-nigh universal association between masks and the spirits of the dead."


n. 1 An early stage of growth for some insects and amphibians, in which after hatching from their egg, insects are wingless and resemble a caterpillar or grub, and amphibians lack limbs and resemble fish. 2 An animal in the aforementioned stage. 3 A form of a recently born or hatched animal that is quite different from its adult stage.

  1. n. the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose

  2. [also: larvae (pl)]

Larva (film)

Larva is a 2005 science fiction- horror film, directed by Tim Cox, and written by Kenneth M. Badish, Boaz Davidson, David Goodin, Kevin Moore, J. Paul V. Robert and T.M. Van Ostrand. It stars Vincent Ventresca, Rachel Hunter and William Forsythe.

Larva (disambiguation)

A larva is a juvenile form in biology that has little if any resemblance to its adult form.

Larva may also refer to:

  • Larva (animation), a Korean computer animated comedy series
  • Larva (film), a 2005 American science fiction horror film
  • Larva (mask), or volto, a type of Venetian mask worn at the Carnival of Venice
  • Larva, Spain, a municipality in the province of Jaén
  • Larva (Vampire Princess Miyu), a Japanese manga and anime character
  • The Human-Reaper Larva, the final boss in the role-playing video game Mass Effect 2
Larva (TV series)

Larva is a computer-animated comedy television series made by Tuba Entertainment in Seoul, South Korea. This cartoon shows two larvae as its main characters. larvae is also part of Disney Channel Asia and based on the original show broadcast on Disney Channel Middle East.


A larva (plural larvae ) is a distinct juvenile form many animals undergo before metamorphosis into adults. Animals with indirect development such as insects, amphibians, or cnidarians typically have a larval phase of their life cycle.

The larva's appearance is generally very different from the adult form (e.g. caterpillars and butterflies). A larva often has unique structures and organs that do not occur in the adult form. Their diet may also be considerably different.

Larvae are frequently adapted to environments separate from adults. For example, some larvae such as tadpoles live almost exclusively in aquatic environments, but can live outside water as adult frogs. By living in a distinct environment, larvae may be given shelter from predators and reduce competition for resources with the adult population.

Animals in the larval stage will consume food to fuel their transition into the adult form. In some species like barnacles, adults are immobile but their larvae are mobile, and use their mobile larval form to distribute themselves.

Some larvae are dependent on adults to feed them. In many eusocial Hymenoptera species, the larvae are fed by female workers. In Ropalidia marginata (a paper wasp) the males are also capable of feeding larvae but they are much less efficient, spending more time and getting less food to the larvae.

The larvae of some species (for example, some newts) can become pubescent and do not develop further into the adult form. This is a type of neoteny.

It is a misunderstanding that the larval form always reflects the group's evolutionary history. This could be the case, but often the larval stage has evolved secondarily, as in insects. In these cases the larval form may differ more than the adult form from the group's common origin.

Usage examples of "larva".

How does the Ammophila, hovering over the turf and investigating it far and wide, in its search for a grey grub, contrive to discern the precise point in the depth of the subsoil where the larva is slumbering in immobility?

When the larvae are ready to pupate, the platens are placed in lightweight plastic boxes, three platens, or six thousand bees, to a box, in a colour-coded storage area.

Experiments with line-rearing of bees, discovered that a dysone made from goldenrod would speed the development of bees, Administered in larger quantities than the bees would receive from nature, it produced giant larvae that failed to mature.

On the balcony of my hotel room I examine those I can closely in the sun, wondering which of the swollen swaths of flesh contain the squirming larvae of the botfly the nun had so kindly warned me about on the flight into Belize.

My hand hurts from a bite, it is swelling with a frightening rapidity, and I suspect the botfly larva is squirming there beneath my skin.

One species can parasitize a hundred kinds of caterpillars, including budworms and cabbage white butterfly larvae.

But the larva of the Calosoma sycophanta, which feeds on the Processional caterpillar of the oak-tree, pays no heed to it, neither does the Dermestes, which feeds on the entrails of the Processional caterpillar of the pine-tree.

The larvae develop and multiply with great rapidity, and sometimes gain admission into the frontal sinus, causing intense cephalalgia, and even death.

Foreign figs are dried in the oven so as to destroy the larvae of the Cynips insect, and are then compressed into small boxes.

But this is almost certainly the disease cysticercosis, caused by the larva of Taenia solium.

Bembex, carrying their daily ration of diptera to her larvae, at the bottom of her burrow, deep in the fine sand.

Most of the insects, in all the foregoing cases, were Diptera, but with many minute Hymenoptera, including some ants, a few small Coleoptera, larvae, spiders, and even small moths.

In the first lot, my son examined seventeen bladders, including prey of some kind, and eight of these contained entomostracan crustaceans, three larvae of insects, one being still alive, and six remnants of animals so much decayed that their nature could not be distinguished.

If, on the other hand, it profited the young to follow habits of life in any degree different from those of their parent, and consequently to be constructed in a slightly different manner, then, on the principle of inheritance at corresponding ages, the active young or larvae might easily be rendered by natural selection different to any conceivable extent from their parents.

Finally, it may not be a logical deduction, but to my imagination it is far more satisfactory to look at such instincts as the young cuckoo ejecting its foster-brothers,--ants making slaves,--the larvae of ichneumonidae feeding within the live bodies of caterpillars,--not as specially endowed or created instincts, but as small consequences of one general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.