Saturday, August 13, 2005
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 here.