2016 & 2017 Antarctic Research Team
Front Row: Natalie Ylizarde, Drew Spacht Back Row: Dr. Dave Denlinger, J.D. Gantz, Dr. Richard Lee
We study one insect and its name is Belgica antarctica. Not surprisingly, we are know as “The Buggers” here at Palmer Station, Antarctica. In fact, this wingless fly is the southernmost, free living insect in Antarctica and it’s the largest animal that remains on land throughout the year.
Life Cycle of Belgica antarctica
Photos by: Dr. Richard Lee
In its two-year life cycle, Belgica antarctica under goes complete metamorphosis. It spends most of its time in its larval stage. Adults of Belgica antarctica live for only 10 days during the Antarctic summer. Being the largest land animal on the continent, they only measure 3-4 mm in length!
Check out these photos of the Bugger Team in action below!