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you should put the stages on the page egg larva ect. jk. NO U SHOULD NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where's the fish?[edit]

Oh whatever dora This page on larvae is very poor. It needs major work. I mean, where the hell was the mention of fish? The early life stage of most fish species are considered to be larvae, and this is very important. I think this page should be "Larvae", not "Larva". I don't like some obscure Roman mythology page claiming "Larvae". Codman 09:24, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

It does seem like fish need to be added to this page, along with a "main article" link to the appropriate section of the Ichthyoplankton page – Down time (talk) 14:05, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Addition proposal[edit]

oooohhhhhhhhhh whos getting married.

Theres a very interesting article in Scientific American's November-December 2007 issue on page 509 by Donald I. Williamson and Sonya E. Vickers regarding Larvae and their evolution, with some rather interesting theories regarding its origin as a form of interspecies hybridisation. It makes a pretty good case, perhaps something regarding this should be added to the article. I'd add it, but such requires both discussion and better writing skills than I posess. -- (talk) 11:46, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

Where is the explanation of the fish larvae??!![edit]

"indirect development"[edit]

In paragraph 1, "indirect development" is mentioned, but it is not defined. I want it to be defined, or linked to another page that defines it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:07, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

where's the grubs[edit]

I would like to see a section on grubs as there is no dedicated page. in fact a section on grubs,maggots and caterpillars would be nice. I am aware that the 3 terms are often used interchangabley in regards to the various larvae of moths,ants,bees,beetles,and flies but personaly i distinguish between them based on appearences such as locomotion and the body structures that hint at it's adult form.Bloodkith (talk) 02:04, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

Grub is typically used to describe beetle larvae, while maggot describes fly larvae and caterpillar describes Lepidoptera larva. They are not interchangeable: caterpillars have legs as well as protolegs while the grubs and maggots only have protolegs. Feralcateater000 (talk) 14:33, 5 March 2019 (UTC)

Goldenrod Gall Fly larva picture.[edit]

I don't get the picture. I can't see any wriggly things. Bleubeatle (talk) 00:28, 20 April 2012 (UTC)

Agreed. The picture would be better suited for the gall wasp or gall page. Feralcateater000 (talk) 14:35, 5 March 2019 (UTC)


I removed the etymology ("larva" means "ghost" in Latin). Linnaeus originally used "larva" in the sense of "mask", as the larval form conceals the adult form. This is kind of obscure and is of more interest to etymologists than entomologists :) Moogsi (talk) 04:41, 18 October 2012 (UTC)