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Green Darner (Nymph)

Anax junius

Description:

The larval stage can last two to three years. Nymphs will molt around twelve times before reaching adulthood. They feed on tadpoles, fish eggs, and other aquatic insects.

Habitat:

Shallow pond.

Notes:

It's hard to see in the first photo, but it's eating a water boatman. The one in the second photo had turned toward another type of water-dwelling larva (the type that build a "house" around themselves using debris), who quickly noticed it and dropped off the rock and went to hide!

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2 Comments

Shane_S
Shane_S 8 years ago

Cool, thanks! Probably a green darner nymph, then. We have quite a few of the adults around right now, but they're so hard to photograph.

LivanEscudero
LivanEscudero 8 years ago

Yes, the green ones are dragonfly nymph, maybe a darner like this one:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/254668/bgi...

Shane_S
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Shane_S

New York, USA

Spotted on Jul 6, 2012
Submitted on Jul 6, 2012

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