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Subject: Dragonfly
Location: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
January 21, 2016 7:56 am
Hi there
Please can you tell me what dragonfly this is. It was at Arenal Volcano National Park near Lago Los Patos.
Thanks
Signature: Steph

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dear Steph,
Thanks for sending a higher resolution image.  The more detail in the image, the easier it is to make an ID.  We searched the database of Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Costa Rica and the closest match we could locate there is
Erythrodiplax berenice.  We crosschecked that on The Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey, where we learned it is called a Seaside Dragonlet, and on BugGuide, and though we see a similarity, we do not believe the species is correct.  We are posting your image and we hope one of our readers will write in with a more conclusive identification.

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Subject: Damselfly
Location: Mexico
January 11, 2016 3:08 pm
Damselflies mating on a man-made pond at the Botanical Gardens in Puerto Valalrta, Mexico. Blue in colour…so I’m guessing a Enallagma sp??
Signature: Graeme Davis

Mating Damselflies

Mating Damselflies

Hi Graeme,
We agree that these are most likely Bluets in the genus
Enallagma, a genus well documented on BugGuide.

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Subject: weird spider-looking thing
Location: Florida
December 11, 2015 8:08 pm
Mom found this bug on her motorcycle cover. It looks like a spider but has six legs (or eight if the front two are tucked under). We live in central Florida and right now the weather is in the high seventies to low eighties. I’ve perused the internet for hours and have come up fruitless. Even my father-in-law who makes his living in pest control doesn’t even know what it is. Thank you in advance for your help 😊
Signature: KayleighH

Dragonfly Exuviae

Dragonfly Exuviae

Dear Kayleigh,
These are exuviae or shed exoskeletons of insects that have undergone metamorphosis, transforming from nymphs to winged adults.  We believe they look like Dragonfly exuviae, leading us to believe there is a pond near where the motorcycle was stored.  We are postdating your submission to go live during our holiday vacation.

Thank you so much! This was driving me crazy. You are definitely correct about the pond! There is one right in their back yard. Happiest of holidays to you!

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Subject: Ruby Meadowhawk
Location: Toledo, Ohio
September 20, 2015 2:29 pm
Good evening!
I thought you might enjoy this delightful pair of mating Ruby Meadowhawks. It’s very rare that they stay still long enough for me to get a good photo, but there were so many in my favorite photography spot today I had to struggle to take a photo not including them!
Signature: Katy

Mating Ruby Meadowhawks

Mating Ruby Meadowhawks

Dear Katy,
The coital position used by Dragonflies and Damselflies is among the most intricate in the insect world and your image of mating Ruby Meadowhawks is quite the addition to our archives.

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Subject: Strange green cricket spider….
Location: Modesto, CA
September 9, 2015 9:01 pm
I cannot find any images of this bug on the Internet and have thus far been unable to identify it… If you could please help me I would appreciate it. I found this bug in Modesto California, by a pond in late August, on a day that was about 104 degrees outside. The pond had been recently drained.
Signature: Ryan Erwin

Dragonfly Naiad

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear Ryan,
We believe this is the aquatic larva of a Dragonfly, known as a naiad, and finding it near a drained pond is good support for that speculation.  Though it looks quite different from any Dragonfly Naiads we have in our archive, it does look similar to an image posted on the Barrier Island Ecology UNCW website.

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Subject: Bug found near Boston, MA
Location: Boston, MA
September 6, 2015 7:10 am
Hello,
We found this bug yesterday at a pond near boston. Haven’t seen anything like it around here before. About an inch in length. Dark brown in color. Head like a preying mantis, some spikes on its back.
Have done some web searches, but can’t find it.
Thank you!
Signature: Matt

Dragonfly Naiad

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear Matt,
This is a Dragonfly naiad.  The larvae of Dragonflies are aquatic, and naiad is a collective term for the larva of winged insects that pass their larval stages aquatically.

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