Mayfly Metamorphosis

Is this a dragonfly?
In the past few days I’ve seen lots of these yellow insects hanging around outside work. Today I saw this one that had just emerged from its former body and had to take a closeup photo of the two. It is an awesome looking bug; is it a dragonfly? Thanks,
Paul Becker
(found in Chesterfield, Missouri)

Hi Paul,
Don’t let the name fool you. Even though it is September, this is a Mayfly. Like dragonflies, the aquatic nymphs are known as Naiads. Mayflies do not feed as adults and sometimes appear in great numbers, only to disappear in a few days to return the following year.

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