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Dragonfly nymph

Observed: 1st March 2011 By: itsmealitsmeal’s reputation in Invertebratesitsmeal’s reputation in Invertebratesitsmeal’s reputation in Invertebrates
dragon fly

Large (25mm)"hairy" insect "fat" but flattened brown cloured caught in a kick sample

  • dragonfly nymph (Darter) (Odonata Anisoptera libulida)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
    Likely ID
    Libellula sp.
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
  • Chaser or Skimmer dragonfly larva (LIbellulidae (Libellula or Orthetrum))
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Will try for better photo next time but had to use camera as my microscope can't deal wiyh anything over about 25mm

Alan Edwards

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This may well be the larva of one of the 'chaser' dragonflies that Peter mentions, but I'm not convinced that 'skimmer' (Orthetrum) species can be ruled out from the photos - so I've added a new ID to reflect the possibility that it might be one of these (Black-tailed Skimmer, O. cancellatum, or Keeled Skimmer O. coerulescens).

It would be interesting to know the sort of habitat that the kick sample taken from - in general Libellula species tend to prefer water bodies with more emergent vegetation than Orthetrum species.

As far as the photos go, shots taken from different angles will usually be necessary for specific ID of dragonfly larvae. Eg., for libellulid larva like this, a face on shot showing the join between the plates at the front of the mask can be useful.

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Thanks for the advice I will try to get more angles in future ,but I am still struggling with the photography as you can see .It came from a fast flowing river with no obvious aquatic vegetation probably alkaline

Alan Edwards