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Subject: Pretty Dragonfly??
Location: Dunedin, Florida
June 19, 2013 3:32 pm
Just wondered what this might be. I posted it to your Facebook page but never got a response. Is it just a pretty dragonfly?
Thanks!
Signature: Carol Borrelli

Possibly Scarlet Skimmer

Possibly Scarlet Skimmer

Dear Carol,
We are not certain, but this red Dragonfly looks to us like it might be a Scarlet Skimmer,
Crocothemis servilia.  According to BugGuide:  “Native from southern Japan and China to northern Australia. Introduced accidentally to south Florida and to Oahu, Hawai’i.”
P.S.  We do not respond to postings on the Facebook page as we have our hands full with the submissions that come directly to our website.  On busy days, we are only able to respond to a small fraction of the identification requests and submissions we receive.

Thanks!! You guys are the best!!
Carol

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Subject: What is it?
Location: Allentown, PA
June 13, 2013 6:39 am
I found this sitting on my bricks on my front porch this morning.
Signature: Trina

Green Darner Dragonfly

Green Darner Dragonfly

Dear Trina,
It seems we don’t get enough photos of the magnificent Green Darner Dragonfly,
Anax junius.  During the research of his book, Daniel unearthed 13 Maleficent Names for Dragonflies, and they include Devil’s Darning Needle, Ear Sewer, Ear Cutter, Water Witch, Snake Doctor, Devil’s Little Horse and Evil Old Hag’s Horse.  Green Darners are a migratory species.

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Subject: Southern Oregon Bug
Location: Southern Oregon
May 20, 2013 8:58 pm
Hi,
We found this bug while playing in Lost Creek. It acts like it wants to sting with its tail and bite. Should we avoid this creek and bug? Thanks in advance..
Signature: Jerrod

Dragonfly Naiad

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear Jerrod,
This is the aquatic larva of a Dragonfly, known, like other aquatic larvae of flying insects, as a Naiad.
  It will not sting and it will most likely not bite.  I has a highly specialized hinged mouth that expands and shoots out to snare prey while the naiad waits well camoflauged among the plants and aquatic debris.  Each species of Dragonfly, and there are many, has a distinctive looking Naiad, but alas we do not have the necessary skills to quickly identify your Naiad to the species level.

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Subject: What’s the name of this bug?
Location: Southern Indiana
May 4, 2013 10:18 am
I just found this bug in the creek in by back yard. I would greatly appreciate it if u could identify it for me.
Signature: Haley

Damselfly Naiad

Damselfly Naiad

Hi Haley,
This is the aquatic nymph or naiad of a Damselfly, an insect that is in the same order as Dragonflies.  Damselfly Naiads can be recognized by their three lobed gills at the end of the abdomen.

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Subject: Naiad to dragonfly transformation 1
Location: Otter Falls Manitoba
April 20, 2013 12:00 am
We were at a family outing to the beach last summer and we were so excited to see some dragonfly naiads emerge from the water. We gently urged one onto a towel to get a closer look and to take some pictures. We took it around to show the kids and explain that it will soon be a wonderful dragonfly, as we were showing them the Naiad started to wiggle like crazy. We were really surprised as the head just popped out and shortly there after the rest of his magnificent little body emerged. He/she climbed off his empty exoskeleton walked a few steps and began to uncurl her wings. It took a short while to stretch them to full size and dry them in the sun. It was one of the most memorable days at the beach I’ve had in a long time. I took many pictures and hope you enjoy them. I had to cut back on the amount of pictures but I hope you don’t mind me sending 2 emails.
Signature: admirer

Dragonfly Naiad

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear admirer,
Thank you for the wonderful photos and observations on Dragonfly metamorphosis.  We don’t normally post so many photos in a single submission, but we are making an exception in this situation.  Formatting the images takes some time, so we are beginning with a single image of the naiad, and later in the day we will post the remaining photos.  Thanks again for submitting this.

Dragonfly imago begins to emerge.

Dragonfly imago begins to emerge.

Recently metamorphosed Dragonfly

Recently metamorphosed Dragonfly

Recently Metamorphosed Dragonfly

Recently Metamorphosed Dragonfly

Dragonfly:  Imago and Exuvia

Dragonfly: Imago and Exuvia

Recently Metamorphosed Dragonfly

Recently Metamorphosed Dragonfly

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Subject: Saw this in Languedoc, France
Location: Languedoc, Mediterranean Coast, Southern France
January 28, 2013 4:40 pm
Hi Bugman, I cycled through masses of these by a canal in long grass in Languedoc, Southern France last September. Any idea what it is please? Thanks.
Signature: Chris Sherwell

Dragonfly

Dear Chris,
This is some species of Dragonfly.  Though they are revered in some countries like Japan, Dragonflies more than most insects are saddled with a plethora of maleficent common names including Devil’s Darning Needle, Ear Cutter, Snake Doctor and Eye Poker.  Many countries have odd superstitions and lore centered on Dragonflies and they are feared unnecessarily by many.  Dragonflies are beneficial predators that help control the populations of troublesome insects like mosquitoes.  Dragonflies will not sting nor bite humans.  While we don’t recognize this species, we did locate a photo on FlickR that appears to be the same species and it is also from France.

Update:  February 2, 2013
Hi Bugman, with your expertise as a starting point I’ve trawled the web for photos and found out it was a female Red Veined Darter. “Sympetrum fonscolombii can be seen on the wing throughout the year around the Mediterranean” – bang on for where we saw it in Southern France.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-veined_darter
Here’s a photo that almost matches mine!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25572396@N04/8152590534/in/photostream
Thanks for your help. The web would be a poorer place without people like you!
Rgds, Chris,

Thanks so much for the update.

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