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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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Subject: Daniel – Another Dragonfly Request
Location: Hawthorne, CA
October 20, 2012 8:24 pm
Saw this out in the back today whilst trimming Marty’s beard & moustache. I know dragonflies aren’t your favorite identification requests, but maybe you will give it a try? It’s a very small dragonfly in comparison to others I’ve seen in the yard.
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Variegated Meadowhawk

Hi Anna,
We believe we have correctly identified your Dragonfly as a Variegated Meadowhawk,
Sympetrum corruptum, thanks to photos posted on BugGuide.  The Variegated Meadowhawk is described on BugGuide as being:  “mottled red, white and brown.”

Hi Daniel,
Thank you very much!  I believe that is what it is.  Wish I had your knack for bug identification.
Anna

Thanks Anna,
Though we cannot always remember names, we generally remember that we have identified a particular insect in the past, and like other times, we found this identification by searching our own archives.

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Subject: Dragonfly variant or something else altogether?
Location: Houston, Texas
October 6, 2012 9:35 am
October, Houston TX. Looks like a dragonfly with bee/wasp markings and fuzz. Two large black leaflike appendages. About 2.5” long (based on the brick it’s perched on).
Signature: puzzled

Saddlebags

Dear puzzled,
You are correct that this is a Dragonfly.  It is one of the Saddlebags in the genus
Tramea.  It most closely resembles the Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata, especially the individual in this photo from BugGuide.  The info page on BugGuide states:  “Large dark ‘saddlebags’ on hindwings distinctive. Could be confused with Carolina or Red Saddlebags in poor light. Flies constantly, often gliding, perches infrequently.”  It is reiterated later that the Black Saddlebags “Seldom perches” which makes your photograph a lucky snap.

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Subject: HELP IDENTIFY POND BUG
Location: Pond setting on bottom
September 16, 2012 3:39 am
Hi! I found these bugs on the bottom of my pond. There were about 40 or so of them huddled together. I looked online to see if their photo matches any other bug photo found online. The closest I got to were ”dragonfly nymphs”. If you could identify these bugs it would be appreciated. Thank you!
Signature: Puzzled Pond Owner

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear Puzzled Pond Owner,
You are correct.  These are immature Dragonflies and they are called Naiads, as are many aquatic insect nymphs.

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Subject: Unidentified damselfly with orange forked tail
Location: Ontario, Lake Nipissing
September 13, 2012 10:09 pm
Hello What’s That Bug,
I have a photo of a damselfly that I can’t identify – it doesn’t look like any phase of the Eastern forktail damselfly that I know of – and the image doesn’t seem to match other species either. Do you know what this species of damselfly is?
Signature: Noah Cole

Damselfly

Hi Noah,
Damselfly identification to the species level can be very challenging.  We are posting your lovely photo and inviting our readers to assist in the correct identification.  It is getting late and we still have to grade some student work.

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