Macrophotograph of damselfly nymph hunting tadpole

Macrophotograph of damselfly nymph hunting tadpole

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Credit: J.C. REVY, ISM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Damselfly nymph hunting. Macrophotograph of the nymph of a damselfly (family: Agrionidae) hunting a tadpole. The compound eyes of the nymph are seen, and its tadpole prey (at left). The predator nymph slowly stalks or lies in wait, seizing its chance to catch the tadpole with powerful mouth- parts. The field of vision of its forward protruding eyes overlaps to judge distance. The nymph (or naiad) spends its time in freshwater before metamorphosis. There is a dormant period before pupation. The adult damselfly which emerges resembles a dragonfly. Damselflies are different, however, in that they hold their wings folded when at rest & not outstretched like dragonflies.

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Keywords: agrionidae, animal, baby, damselfly, damselfly nymph, hunted by damselfly, hunting, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, nymph, nymph hunting, tadpole, wildlife, zoology

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