Follow-up on damage to my lotus plant


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Yesterday I made a post about damage that my lotus' leaves were experiencing. Here is the link to that: https://www.gardenpondforum.com/threads/what-is-going-on-with-my-dwarf-lotus-plant.27415/

I pruned two leaves that were close to dead and when I looked under one of the leaves I see some kind of insect larvae squirming around. Hopefully you can make them out in the pictures. I checked underneath all of the leaves and most of them appear to have them. Any ideas of what kind of larvae this is and how I can go about getting rid of them without harming the lotus plant?

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I do not know what they are, but they look big enough that you could pluck them off. That's usually the solution for large plant parasites. Or even small ones. *shakes fists at aphids*
 
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Be very careful about pruning lotus leaves! The stems are hollow and if water gets in , the root will rot.
The stem of one of the leaves I pruned (I pruned 3) wasn't long enough to comfortably stick out of the water. I tried to prop it up against a leaf but it always managed to fall back into the water. Since then the stem has rotted and detached, so I disposed of it. Should I be concerned for the entire lotus?
 
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