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Separation complete. - Hagenius brevistylus

Separation complete. - Hagenius brevistylus
Brereton Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada
June 24, 2005
Size: immature

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Nymph comes out of the water. Her life is nearly over. But a new one will begin. - Hagenius brevistylus Dragonfly starts to emerge from Nymph. - Hagenius brevistylus Separation complete. - Hagenius brevistylus Ann Wachal holding one of her young charges. Soon to fly away. - Hagenius brevistylus

Moved from Clubtails.

The Dragonhunter larvae is unmistakeable. I have, several times, watched the mass emergence of these amazing dragonflies. The larvae may live underwater for as long as 6 (?) years before emerging, but usually it is around 3-4 years. They specialize in preying upon other dragonflies and the larger butterflies such as the monarch and the tiger swallowtails.

That's awesome! Are they green or is that the color they have when they first emerge?

Not Green
They lose the green color in a little over an hour. I don't know what causes it and I don't know where it goes! Most dragonflies are sort of drab for the first few days to a week, then their true colors start to show. Dragonhunters have clear wings and their body markings are black and yellow. Their eyes are brilliant green at maturity. I watched one haul off a large dragonfly on Friday.


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