Is it dangerous?
July 12, 2011 3:47 am
Hi! While one of my friends was out fishing this bug ended up on his neck. When he went to get it off his neck it had stung his finger and left 2 holes with a little blood. He says it doesn’t hurt and I’m just wondering if yoou could help us identify it?
Signature: Just wondering
Dear Just wondering,
This is the aquatic larva of a Dragonfly, known as a naiad. We have not received any previous reports of a person being bitten by a Dragonfly Naiad, but considering the anatomy of its mouth including an extendable mandible, this is entirely possible. Here is how the University of Kentucky Entomology website describes the eating habits of a Dragonfly Naiad: “The aquatic naiads feed voraciously on minnows, tadpoles, aquatic insects, and other small, live prey. Dragonfly naiads are primarily ambush predators: they find a strategic spot on an underwater leaf or under a rock. When a victim gets close, the naiad snags it with harpoon-like extendable jaws.” Dragonflies are not venomous, and the bite, though it caused some discomfort, is not dangerous.