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Strange insect larva in PT?

I noticed this weird critter scurrying around my PT last night. Its black and nearly an inch long. Im pretty sure its some kind of dragonfly nymph(order Odonata) but I could be totally wrong. Any one else ever seen anything like this in their planted tank? What other kinds of creatures have you found? Sorry the pictures are kinda blurry. All plants from aquariumplants.com
























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I found some sort of insect nymph, or rather my daughter did. It was bright green and had some antenna like gills protruding from its abdomen. It didn't look anything like the one you posted pictures of, though.

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have you named it yet?
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awwww he's adorable! I hope you have fry to feed him. Definitely dragonfly.

Three gills on the abdomen could be a damselfly nymph. They're quite different from the dragonflies at that stage.
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...Three gills on the abdomen could be a damselfly nymph. They're quite different from the dragonflies at that stage.
Good call on the damselfly larvae. The one in my tank had much more pronounced feathery gills than the one in the picture, but the rest of the body is a perfect match. Now I just wonder what plant it rode in on...and if it ate anything before we spotted it!

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