Calling all indoor plant owners, may I have your attention please. Knowledge about this insect’s larvae is important to your plant’s survival. This my friends, is the larvae of a fungus gnat (superfamily: Sciaroidea). From the order Diptera, these insects are found in damp and humid environments. The larvae are abundant in damp, rich soils and feed on organic materials, roots and fungi. While adults can be a nuisance, the larvae infest soil, damage roots and can stunt plant growth. On the bright side, they help with decomposition and don’t cause as much destruction outdoors. Therefore, if you have a greenhouse, nursery, sod farm or any type of indoor plant, watch out for wilted plants as it may be a sign of fungus gnat larvae! .
Fun fact: the video caught by PCV @swimmingrizzlybear was shot on Mt. Tangkuban Perahu in West Java, Indonesia. Because the larvae are small, moving in mass numbers gives them an advantage and makes them look big, scary, and almost snake like. These little guys are probably in search of their next meal 😏.