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MillcreekNovember 21st, 2017, 7:05 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 313
These are usually found in slow to stagnant areas in the Russian River. They are approximately 16-20 mm long and are found in the river from June through August.

Jonathan - Are these the dragonfly naiads you saw? They vary quite a bit in coloration.
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Jmd123November 28th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2147
The shape is certainly right! I read your other post and I will definitely have to send you photos next season. They can change when they molt, huh? As far as spectacular color changes go, I saw an octopus go from solid slate grey to spotted all over in an instant, down in Key West when I was a kid. Of course, they have micromuscles controlling the opening and closing of pores to pigment glands, all driven by probably the most developed brain in the invertebrate world! Much as we all love insects, they're just not THAT cool...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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