Common darter dragonfly metamorphosis

Common darter dragonfly metamorphosis

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This image is part of the sequence Animals: Metamorphosis of a Common Darter dragonfly


Caption: Common darter dragonfly (Sympetrum striolatum) undergoing metamorphosis. Image 6 of 9. This is sixty nine minutes after the thorax starts to split open, the wings are beginning to emerge. Common darters metamorphose during darkness to reduce the risk of predation. The larva climbs the stem of a nearby plant before the fully formed dragonfly emerges. Dragonflies go through an incomplete metamorphosis where each stage of its development has a similar body form to the adult. For a complete sequence of the final stage of the common darter dragonfly metamorphosis, see images Z300/235-243.

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