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Dragonfly larva, Green Darner - Anax junius

Dragonfly larva, Green Darner - Anax junius
Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
November 8, 2008
Size: 35 mm
This was an impressive bug. He was an extraordinarily powerful swimmer. At one point, I placed him in a large, clear glass dish so I could measure him. After I did so, he began propelling himself around the dish at high speed, and the sound of the propulsion of water from its rectum startled me it was so loud. He was also very graceful in the water. I would sometimes insert a microspoon into the photobox to compel him to change position, and when I would do so, he would often gracefully just lift himself up and float over a few inches with a minimum of effort. In this photo, I was intending to show the bug against a solid black background, but the shot failed. Nevertheless, I thought this shot showed something of the predatory power of this naiad.

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