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Agriocnemis femina femina, A. pygmaea


Eggs are laid in emerging plants, in floating vegetation, or directly in the water. The hatched eggs do not go through the larval and pupal stages. A naiad (nymph of damselfly) lives in water, has an elongated body, long legs, and three leaf-like appendages or gills on its tail. These appendages are used for oxygen transport. A naiad molts several times before emerging. At this stage, naiads are very good predators. They prey aquatic insects and other arthropods within their reach. They grab their prey with their modified lower jaw. At the last stage, a naiad swims out of the water and clings to a plant to dry its skin. After a few minutes of drying in the sun, its outer skin splits open at the head and the adult damselfly strains to pull itself out of its old skin. The new legs harden to hold onto the plant. Its wings slowly expand and are pumped open by fluid from its abdomen. An adult damselfly has a long thin body which is green, blue, red, yellow, black, or brown and is often brightly colored. It has an oblong head with bulging eyes and very short antennae. When resting, it holds its four large membranous wings of nearly equal size vertically rather than horizontally. It is a delicate and weak-flying insect. Its wings are usually clear except for a spot at the end of the wing called a stigma.


Damselflies live in rice paddies, streams, and ponds with good water quality at low and middle elevations.

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OnemijJimeno 10 years ago

Thank you williefromwi for the warm welcome. I see your photos of God's creation and they are awesome. You really capture the beauty of nature. I hope I could share more spotting in the the days to come too.

williefromwi 10 years ago

Let me be the very first to say, WELCOME TO PROJECT NOAH. I hope you come to love this ever growing community of wildlife lovers as I do. Thanks for sharing your very wonderful spotting of your damselfly OnemijJimeno.

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Bukidnon, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 29, 2011
Submitted on Aug 8, 2012

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