Bug and Insect Illustration (Illustrator)

Black Fly Larva

Black Fly Larva (Simuliidae) , colored pencil and watercolor

Commissioned by: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

About black fly larvae:

Female black flies lay 200-800 eggs on submerged vegetation in slow moving water. Larvae emerge from the eggs and attach to rocks or plants using hooks at the end of the abdomen. They eat debris filtered from the water via a fan at the mouth. Pupae are encased in a cocoon which is attached to vegetation. Adult black flies emerge within a bubble of air and float to the surface of the water.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda (having a segmented body with appendages on each segment)
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Infraorder: Culicomorpha
Superfamily: Chironomoidea
Family: Simuliidae

More about black flies:
Wikipedia: Black fly
US Environmental Protection Agency: Blackflies
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: black flies

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