Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fungus Gnat Larvae "Snake"

Fungus gnat larvae practice a bizarre and disturbing formation when searching for food. Talk about teamwork! By forming a single mass, the larvae certainly draw a lot more attention from predators than they would if they ventured out individually; however, it is possible that their unity could successfully SIMULATE snake-like behaviors, thereby deterring predators. I wonder if this is evidence of the "Invisible hand theory" mentioned in the reading! (These are my own thoughts and observations. I could not find much research on this phenomenon online.)
       ~ Olivia C.

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