Story: Sandflies and mosquitoes

Sandfly larva (1st of 3)

Sandfly larva

Female sandflies lay their eggs on stones or plants at or just below the surface of swiftly flowing clean water. Larvae hatch and form masses that attach themselves to underwater stones or driftwood. They use ‘nets’ to collect food from the current.

About this item

Landcare Research – Manaaki Whenua
Drawing by D. W. Helmore

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Sandflies and mosquitoes - Sandflies: New Zealand’s blackflies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2016)

Full story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007