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Old 02-14-2015, 10:24 PM   #1
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Dragonfly Nymph


This morning I looked in the aquarium and noticed one of the plant rhizomes seemed to have eyes, then quickly sorted out that there was a huge creepy looking dragonfly nymph in there.

This explains the mystery of the neon tetra remains I wondered about a couple days ago, as well as the disappearing cherry shrimp. The bug is now in the pond out back. If I'm lucky I might get to see it metamorphosize into an adult.

I added some cabomba in late Dec. I got at a LFS that seemed to have been pulled from a local pond/creek. It brought some unnoticed hair algae with it that I'm still picking occasional stands out. I am guessing it had an egg or a tiny version of this thing on it too.

It's heavily panted with a ton of wood and hiding places. I'd been scrutinizing it looking for the RCS I just added 30 last Wed. (currently can find one) and this beast managed to stay hidden until this morning.
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:10 AM   #2
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That thing is hideous. You let it go outside??
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:30 AM   #3
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Its just a dragonfly, if its a native species to the area no harm in that.
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It is ugly, but it will grow up to be something very lovely. Plus if I manage to catch it metamorphosing into an adult in my pond, that'd be really cool. I assumed it was a native, since I see Cabomba in the rivers here and figured someone pulled it of a local waterway and traded/sold it, though I guess some vendor might have shipped the Cabomba in.

So I went OCD on iding it. I'm no odonata expert, but it looks a lot like a Green Darner nymph (right thorax shape, no wings, pointy tail, eye/head shape matches), which is a native species. It's definitely Anax, might be a different species, but given dragonfly ranges it's 99% likely its something you could find here. Their migration ranges are actually kind of amazing.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:46 PM   #5
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That one is pretty old, if there is one there is more
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