A dragonfly larva hidden between two leaves.
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I have always thought these were dragonfly larva!and caddis larva were smaller with very small broken up debris cases ,I actually saw one beside this specimen during the observation.I learn something new here every day.In any case whats the function of the white threadlike structures on its body?
The white threads are external gills - there's very little water movement inside the case, so the breathing apparatus is made as large as possible to get the largest possible surface area. There's a wide variety of caddisfly larvae, including some with no case at all, and it's often possible to identify a specimen at least to family just by looking at the type of case it's inhabiting. The larger species of dragonfly, such as the larger Hawkers, do have larvae which get considerably larger than caddisfly larvae, but there's a reasonable overlap, at least in length, between caddisfly larvae and smaller species (or younger larvae) of dragonflies
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Thanks for that info.
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