Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Survivor

"The larvae of an African fly survive sever droughts by essentially truning into candy drops" says Science News.When extremely dehydrated, the larvae of the fly Polypedilum vanderplanki replace water in their cellular fluids with a glassy substance, similar to melted sugar when it solidifies.In this mummified condition, the metabolism of the larvae ceases completely.The larvae can remain in this "state of suspended animation" for up to 17 years until the next rains allow them to revive.