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Image #cld1203471
SpeciesToxorhynchites sp.
LocalitySabah, Malaysia
DescriptionWithin the chamber of a giant pitcher plant (Nepenthes rajah), an iridescent Elephant Mosquito emerges from its pupal case. These large mosquitoes do not suck blood, feeding instead on flower nectar and plant sap. The larvae are voracious predators of aquatic insects, including the young of other mosquitoes.  
Keywordsborneo | diptera | fauna | insect | kinabalu | metamorphosis | mosquito | nepenthaceae | nepenthes | pupate | rajah

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