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shift 02-15-2013 10:13 PM

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......
http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/3...editedfull.jpg

dougolasjr 02-15-2013 10:17 PM

Looks like a green dragonfly or damesfly nymph. Is it alive and moving.

Kitsune_Gem 02-15-2013 10:22 PM

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.

shift 02-15-2013 10:33 PM

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.

shift 02-15-2013 10:40 PM

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.

rodcuda 02-15-2013 10:48 PM

Keep looking until you find it. They are vicious.

sbarbee54 02-15-2013 10:51 PM

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

Soothing Shrimp 02-15-2013 11:01 PM

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.

sbarbee54 02-16-2013 01:02 AM

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

Soothing Shrimp 02-16-2013 01:23 AM

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.

rodcuda 02-16-2013 01:41 AM

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

shift 02-16-2013 02:04 AM

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.

MSG 02-16-2013 02:37 AM

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

aokashi 02-16-2013 02:53 AM

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

Rob in Puyallup 02-16-2013 04:26 AM

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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