larvae larvae  /ˈlɑr vi/


  • (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


  1. Ill-fed larvae become the small workers; well-fed larvae become soldiers; overfed larvae become queens.
  2. Until 1996, researchers assumed the larvae were carried helplessly on currents, suggesting protected areas should be based on current flows.
  3. The larvae zip around, feeding on bacteria and bits of vegetation, which they filter through bristles in their mouths.


  1. How do oysters spell climate change relief? A-N-T-A-C-I-D

    Oyster hatcheries are dropping the equivalent of Tums and other antacids into water to make it easier for naked mollusk larvae to build their shells. The remedy is working, for now, to keep hatcheries in business and oyster bars well stocked with the slimy delicacies, a hatchery scientist said.Heartburn for the shellfish industry comes from ocean waters turning ever more corrosive as they absorb ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  2. Tiny, transparent lobsters stick close to home

    By Stephanie PappasLiveScienceThese teeny-tiny infant lobsters may be small, but their commercial value is anything but. Spiny-lobster (Panulirus argus) hauls in the Caribbean bring in $1 billion a year, which is why researchers are taking a closer look at these lobster babies.A new computer simulation, published June 7 in the journal PLOS ONE, reveals how lobster larvae travel in their first ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Crews to look for sea lamprey larvae in Alpena Co.

    Alpena Township — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crews will be coming to Alpena County next week to look for sea lamprey larvae.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Detroit News


  1. "I still have this picture burned into my brain of these beautiful shiny chestnut-brown ants moving around getting their larvae to safety," Hlldobler says. "This whole colony disappearing like water into the ground was so impressive for me."
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Bert Hölldobler Source: OptoIQ

  2. "There's no guarantee the spawn juveniles will end up in your section so what you are trying to do is provide larvae for the system," Walton said.
    on Mar 27, 2008 By: Bill Walton Source: Cape Codder

  3. "From Westport to Plainfield and everywhere in between, we are doing everything we can do to combat the possibility of these viruses," Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. "We are attacking the larvae directly to reduce the potential for West Nile or EEE...
    on Aug 29, 2007 By: Jodi Rell Source: Westport-News

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