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Damselfly larva by melvynyeo Damselfly larva by melvynyeo
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Damselflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis, with an aquatic nymph stage. The female lays the eggs in water, sometimes in underwater vegetation, or high in trees in bromeliads and other water-filled cavities. Nymphs are carnivorous, feeding on daphnia, mosquito larvae, and various other small aquatic organisms, using extendable jaws similar to those of the dragonfly nymph. The gills of damselfly nymphs are large and external, resembling three fins at the end of the abdomen. After moulting several times, the winged adult emerges and eats flies, mosquitoes, and other small insects. Some of the larger tropical species are known to feed on spiders, hovering near the web and plucking the spider from its nest.
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pVVEN Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Cute! :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I have to agree with raido-ehwaz: those are very interesting gills. The pearly eyes are also a plus! I bet this is a later instar and might metamorphose into an adult in either the next molt or the one after. Just a guess.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Could be :) Hopefully can find more of these :)
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ImBertJ Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Artist
Looks like its wearing a scuba-diving suit :]
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
:)
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raido-ehwaz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
the gills are quite impressive! great shot, i guess the nymph is in an aquarium?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thanks. I DIY a mini fish tank to bring out to the forest.
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