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Mayfly Larva

Zygoptera (suborder)


Damselflies are four-winged, joint-legged, carnivorous arthropods in the class Insecta. They hatch from eggs laid in still water bodies (only a few of our North American damselflies lay eggs in fast water) and hatch out into the larva shown in the photo. This particular damselfly larva was about 2 cm in length. The "gills" are the three large feathery appendages on the end of the abdomen. They live underwater for 1-3 years (depending upon species, latitude, and water temperatures before emerging and spending the rest of their life as free-flying adults.


This particular damselfly larva was found in a large pond in a wetland complex in northwest Wisconsin.


I've done some research on damselflies, but haven't been able to narrow the ID other than being able to identify this specimen as a damselfly.

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Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Thanks everyone.

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

very nice!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 11 years ago

Beautiful Gordon! Very warm colors.

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Apr 14, 2012
Submitted on May 10, 2012

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