Subject: Dragonfly nymph exoskeletons??
Location: Plymouth county, Massachusetts
July 23, 2017 7:40 am
Hello again! Just submitted a bug not long before but I found another puzzling specimen. This exoskeleton was spotted on some leaves poking just above the surface of a shallow pond. There were a number of these in similar spots close by. Judging by the number of dragonflies buzzing around I assumed these were the exoskeletons of their nymphs! Is this assumption correct? Thanks again for your help in identifying the many insects we live with!
Signature: Enigmatic Exoskeleton Examiner
Dear Enigmatic Exoskeleton Examiner,
Here is another E word for you. The discarded exoskeleton is also known as an exuvia. You are correct. This is the exuvia or cast-off exoskeleton of a Dragonfly.