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The Specimen

Aeshnidae Dragonfly NymphAeshnidae  Dragonfly Nymph View 2 Pictures
Collected February 2, 2004 from unknown in Wisconsin
Added to Troutnut.com by on January 25, 2006

The Discussion

BrookymanJune 10th, 2013, 12:22 am
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OK I hate spiders big time. But I love dragonflies as adults. The larva however creep me out.
As a larva do they bite ??? I want to touch them and check them out but I am a chicken with the
big creepy characters. Last year I caught a huge stone fly in my hand or so I thought it was.
It was in fact a huge adult hellgrammites and they hurt big time when they bite. It actually drew
blood in the end of my finger. I found out that it was a hellgrammite today I caught one collecting
mayflies.

Thanks in advance Roger. :-)


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TaxonJune 10th, 2013, 1:57 am
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Hi Mack-

Odonates are predators, and as such, they have shredding mandibles. I always wear thick protective rubber gloves when collecting aquatic insects, but that's just me. :-)
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
SayfuJune 10th, 2013, 9:11 am
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They are vicious, tenacious, and they strike with reckless abandon! I always consider it a fair fight when I run into one.
BrookymanJune 10th, 2013, 3:09 pm
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Thank you I always try to avoid direct contact with them and my concern is valid with them. I have 3 samples of this larva doing very well in my rearing tank one may hatch any day.

By making sure I have a large Ephemeroptera population which has ensured great
rearing success this year including 150+ male and female M vicarium alone.
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EntomanJune 10th, 2013, 4:29 pm
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I've never had a dragonfly nymph bite me that caused what I would call pain and they have never drawn blood. They do nip and you can definitely feel it, which can be a bit creepy in itself if one is queasy about handling bugs to begin with. You have to aggravate them, though (poking in the head repeatedly with a finger to move them around in a collection tray will do the job). Their mouthparts are designed to reach out and grab something out in front of them. I've never had one nip me when picked up and placed on an open hand for inspection. Hellgrammites are another matter.:)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
BrookymanJune 10th, 2013, 5:22 pm
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Hellgrammites are another matter.:)


they suck it really hurt when I grabbed it out of the air. They fly similar
to stoneflies. I caught one yesterday the body is about 2 1/2 " without wings.



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OldredbarnJune 10th, 2013, 10:14 pm
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Thank you I always try to avoid direct contact with them and my concern is valid with them. I have 3 samples of this larva doing very well in my rearing tank one may hatch any day.


Mack...If you wish to preserve your beloved March Browns in that tank, I'd move these out of it. :)

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BrookymanJune 10th, 2013, 10:29 pm
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I have more steno's in there than they could ever eat. I hope the big one hatchs soon its the one with the yellow spot on the abdomen. The other two are really tiny like 7mm. For some strange reason it might be stress but none of the predators are being aggressive they just sit there even the stoneflies.
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OldredbarnJune 10th, 2013, 10:56 pm
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I have more steno's in there than they could ever eat.


Famous last words...;) They eat or die... The tank aerated? :)

Spence
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"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
BrookymanJune 10th, 2013, 11:07 pm
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Oh ya 3 different air pumps in a 20 gallon tank + running water filter.


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