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Frozen black mosquito larvae. Survive being frozen.

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Old 3rd August 2010   #1 (permalink)
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Question Frozen black mosquito larvae. Survive being frozen.

I know insects are incredible little things, and can survive a hell of alot. I was feeding my C.orientalis with black mosquito larvae and as it thawed I realised that one of the larvae had SURVIVED!

there is was wriggling around the top of the water. I have no idea how it's possible at all.
My question is, has anyone else ever experienced frozen food surviving the freezing process, because it truly astonished me.



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Life never ceases to amaze me.
I've heard of wetas surviving freezing, but this is the first case I've heard of mosquitos doing it. I guess they have to survive the winter some how, or else they wouldn't exist in norther climates.



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Life never ceases to amaze me.
I've heard of wetas surviving freezing, but this is the first case I've heard of mosquitos doing it. I guess they have to survive the winter some how, or else they wouldn't exist in norther climates.
Grrr. Its a shame they CAN live up North... makes herping and fishing a pain... but no, I've never seen this happen first hand although I've heard of frogs being frozen and thawed, on the Discovery Channel and what not.



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I'd never heard of skeeters surviving actually being encased in ice, but I've seen plenty of wrigglers active under the ice in frozen-over ponds.



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Had a frozen blood worm survive also - got that on on video - insects are now scary D:



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I observed the exact same thing last night, I placed a cube of frozen blood worms (Hikari style) in the water, several hours later some were alive! I could not believe my eyes. Fascinating.



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I've seen thawed blood worms wiggling slightly before when feeding, but never for too long, as the newts eat them up too fast. I always thought I was seeing things.



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I've often thought the odd bloodworm was alive but always put it down to a live one being left over from a previous feeding! If they can survive then it really is amazing!!



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