Native SpeciesDragonfly nymph

Anisoptera (infraorder)
FOUND by manyeyes
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by vitalsleuth
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Field Notes
We did a lot of exploring around the wall and rocks today. There were lots of empty dragonfly nymph cases hanging on the wall and some floating on the water, with dragonfly adults buzzing around. Very exciting to have been so close to this "hatching" (what is it called when adult dragonflies emerge?). We also found lots of abandoned caddisfly homes and baby leeches underneath the rocks.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
I think this is a dragonfly nymph case because of the short, chunky, flattened body and big head. Yuo can also see the wing pads if you look closely in these photos.
Photo of my evidence.
Don't they look lovely on blue?
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Anisoptera (infraorder)
Common name:
Dragonfly nymph
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.473690 °
W -69.510519 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Freshwater - By water's edge
Trip Information
China Lake Fire Road 19
Trip date: 
Thu, 2013-07-11 09:00
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Lower Kennebec
MIDAS Code: 


Thats defiantly a dragonfly nymph. At my school we went out to our pond, and looked for lots of things. My group found 11 dragonfly nymphs.


I completely agree with you. That's definitely a dragonfly. What you found is called the "instar," and that's the transition form between nymph and adult. It is the exoskeleton the dragonfly shed away in order to fly away as a beautiful adult. Pretty neat! That's a really great find.

That lake looks amazing. I hope you had a great time there! Keep up the VS observations! :)

- Kansas