Photographed in a puddled rut at Mayslake Forest Preserve last week:
There have been a few mosquitoes to this point, but I don’t remember seeing a larval concentration like this before in my previous two seasons at Mayslake.
Mosquitoes in their larval form are scavengers, helping to clean up organic material in the water. As both larvae and adults they provide food for a variety of animals. Unfortunately for us, they bring us into the food chain as well.