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Culex mosquito larvae

Closeup of a dozen golden-hued mosquito larvae hanging inverted in a container of water, most hanging at the surface with the siphon (breathing tube) touching the surface.

As tiny plastic particles infiltrate seemingly every environment on Earth, researchers are examining their effects on creatures big and small. A new study finds mosquito larvae may be resilient to microplastic consumption, but further research is needed. Shown here are larvae of mosquitoes in the genus Culex. (Photo by James Gathany, CDC Public Health Image Library)

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