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July 28, 2007

Apropos of Twisty’s Post Yesterday

More precisely, of its comments re: dragonflies:


This is what they leave behind when they hatch out of their nymph stage.


1 | By: Twisty on July 29, 2007 at 07:52 AM

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Exquisite! I do love a bug husk.

2 | By: Ron Sullivan on July 29, 2007 at 06:20 PM

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Thenkew. You should’ve been there; the place was mobbed with dragonflies, two or three species, only one of which ever sat down.

3 | By: Nymphalidae on July 30, 2007 at 10:54 AM

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I saw dragonflies nymphs emerge en masse from the Mississippi and molt. So cool.

4 | By: nora@alphabitch on July 30, 2007 at 12:02 PM

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I’ve wondered what those things were.  Thanks!

5 | By: Sara on July 30, 2007 at 07:13 PM

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Neat-o!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen those before, though we have tons and tons of dragonflies here.  And they are friendly.  They always hitch rides on me while I’m canoeing.  Yes, they sit on the canoe, but they also sit on me.  I had a gigantic greeny-blue one alight on my hand while I was paddling just Saturday, perfectly content to let me hold him up for close examination, as long as he could have a little rest.

I like anybody who eats mosquitoes, even though I have heard they also eat bees.

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