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Found this down by the River
June 14, 2010
Would love to know what this is, found by a river in New Brunswick Canada. It’s hard to tell the size from a photo but it’s much bigger than a quarter. It was found dead and I moved it by it’s leg to take a picture.
To Sara
New Brunswick Canada

Exuvia of a Dragonhunter

Hi Sara,
This is the exuvia or cast off larval skin of a Dragonfly known as the Dragonhunter, Hagenius brevistylus.  The larvae of Dragonflies are aquatic.  When they are ready to metamorphose into adults, they crawl onto land and split their exoskeleton for the final time.  The winged adult emerges, and after its wings have dried and hardened, it will fly away.  We will be postdating your letter so that it goes live later in the week so that our site can maintain daily updates while we are out of the office.

Exuvia of a Dragonhunter

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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