Gillespie news: mosquito or not?

We don’t think this is a mosquito larva as the head is so big

The week before last, we updated you on the mosquito project that we have been running. Recently, our scientific advisor who works at UCLH (University College London Hospital), Dr. Cathy Roberts, brought in some canal water from Regents canal in Kings Cross for us to look at. We were trying to identify some larvae that were in it. We looked at them under the microscope, but they didn’t seem to be what we were expecting. First of all, we thought that they might not have been mosquitoes, but Cathy looked in her mosquito book and we realised that they might be mosquito pupae. We were quite confused and asked Cathy to take a closer look at them. She concluded that they weren’t mosquitoes as the head looked too different to any species previously documented and were probably larvae or pupae of another animal. We haven’t found any mosquitoes yet, but we won’t give up!

Written by Naomi (Y5)

Hamza (Y5) has drawn a picture of one of his favourite animals from the book Creaturepedia, which the committee enjoy reading:

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