Dragonfly Naiad

Subject: Strange green cricket spider….
Location: Modesto, CA
September 9, 2015 9:01 pm
I cannot find any images of this bug on the Internet and have thus far been unable to identify it… If you could please help me I would appreciate it. I found this bug in Modesto California, by a pond in late August, on a day that was about 104 degrees outside. The pond had been recently drained.
Signature: Ryan Erwin

Dragonfly Naiad
Dragonfly Naiad

Dear Ryan,
We believe this is the aquatic larva of a Dragonfly, known as a naiad, and finding it near a drained pond is good support for that speculation.  Though it looks quite different from any Dragonfly Naiads we have in our archive, it does look similar to an image posted on the Barrier Island Ecology UNCW website.

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