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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Damselfly Nymph

This is a damselfly larva. You can tell from the shape of it's head (and the fact that it's in the water) that it's a member of Odonata. The three feathery gills coming out like tails from the abdomen tell you it's a damsel rather than a dragon. I was amazed to find out just how long the nymph stage lasts -- it can be years! More fun trivia about this family can be found herePosted by Picasa


Graeme said...

Now I know this insect from fishing for trout. We use a decoy tha looks similar. I'm amazed you managed to photograph it, I would have thought survival dictates it moves away from things looming over it.

Hypatia said...

I have no idea why I got the shot. Damselflies as adults seem pretty blase about my presence. This fellow was a little nervous, but moved toward a rock overhang with a fair amount of nonchalance.

Anonymous said...

great photographic work!

Hypatia said...

Thanks, M. Anonymous. :) I agree with your philosophy about light -- though it developed unintentionally from having a camera that has a lousy flash and no hot seat!