Subject: Swimming bug?
August 27, 2016 7:45 am
I live in Chattanooga TN, I noticed 4 or 5 of these in the kiddie pool in the backyard. The pool is a blow up pool, and has not been cleaned out for a very long time. I usually see these in the late morning, around 10, and they are very fast swimmers. I caught one and put it on the pavement to take a picture. It has 6 legs, and is kind of a clearish yellow. Its about 3/4 of an inch long. Any ideas what it could be? Thanks for any help:)
Signature: Holly Hickam
This is the larva or Naiad of a Dragonfly. As you probably realize, standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Dragonfly larvae will eat any mosquito larvae that develop in standing water, so they are a beneficial insect. Adult Dragonflies also feed on winged adult mosquitoes. We hope you are able to relocate the larvae in your stagnant pool into a suitable area pond.