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unidentified spotting

Description:

Scores of white insect remnants about 1" long. To be clear: this spotting was not alive.

Habitat:

Pacific Northwest montane forest.

Notes:

Spotted attached to a vertical side of a rock along the shore of East Lake in Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument in central Oregon. I take these insect remnants to be molted damselfly or dragonfly exoskeletons. The first image is a "mid-distance" view; the second is of a single specimen; the third is an "overview", but even it does not capture the full extent of these remnants. Comment: I've seen a few molted cicada exoskeletons; I've never previously seen anything like this.

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3 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 8 months ago

Cool spotting! I have found them before but never that many.

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 8 months ago

Brian 38: Thanks--I agree, they could be. They closely resemble mayfly exoskeleton images I found online.

Brian38
Brian38 8 months ago

These might be exoskeletons of mayflies.

Allen Hoof
Spotted by
Allen Hoof

Oregon, USA

Spotted on Sep 4, 2019
Submitted on Oct 27, 2019

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