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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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ID this mysterious creature

This little green guy either snuck in with my shrimp or on a plant last night. Not to sure exactly what it is......
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Looks like a green dragonfly or damesfly nymph. Is it alive and moving.

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If you value your shrimp and fish.. Remove it and kill it.. Its going to make a meal out of your fish and or shrimp.

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Its a dragon fly? Yes its alive and its in there with baby CRS/CBS too! okay ill ditch it.. thanks for the quick feedback.
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And ofcourse it moved when i went back to snatch it out... hopefully he doesnt eat any of the little guys. Ill keep an eye out for it. Its bright green just like the plants so he has pretty good camouflage.
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Keep looking until you find it. They are vicious.

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It is probably laying eggs in there so you will be getting larva too scower the tank for it and eggs and get them out look at my thread don't end up like me

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Well the good news is larvae doesn't lay eggs. The bad news, if they came in on your plants, you may have more eggs on them.

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It looks like the fly itself they will submerge to go lay eggs and the. Leave once done laying eggs

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You may be correct. My understanding has always been they just stick their tails in the water like an ovipositor, and leave their wings dry.

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It is not a fly, look at the gills coming off the tail. It is still a larvae. but there could be more.

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Well hopefully its only the one... I havent been able to find him again.. but i will snatch him out if i do find him. There is far to many plants for him to camouflage on!

Hopefully the wee shrimp will not become his lunch.
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Make sure you have your removal tools ready. They're absolute masters of camouflage.

It's a damselfly larvae. Miniature versions of a dragonfly but still great underwater predators for all things small.

Once you decapitate them, they're harmless. I watched my barbs battle with a swarm of the nymphs. Barbs always win, but sometimes it takes a while for them to break free of their jaws.

They're essentially a underwater praying mantis until they turn into adults
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ID this mysterious creature

i think they're cute :<
but they will hunt your shrimps and grow fat on them...
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Re: ID this mysterious creature

Dragon and damselflies are among the most interesting insects one can keep. They're quite aware of their environment. Bright for a bug.

One day maybe I'll get lucky enough to have one stowaway.

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