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Photo of a Slaty Skimmer dragonfly, male

Slaty Skimmer, Male

The slaty skimmer, Libellula incesta, has a body about 2 inches long. Mature males are all slate blue with black heads. Each of the four wings has a dark spot on the outer leading edge.

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Photo of a southern leopard frog with aquatic springtails.

Southern Leopard Frog and Aquatic Springtails

Many animals and plants make up our aquatic ecosystems. This southern leopard frog is surrounded by several tiny bluish gray aquatic springtails that commonly swarm on the surface of the water. The frog is a predator, and the springtails are scavengers. Both are preyed upon by larger animals.

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Photo of a Spangled Skimmer dragonfly, female

Spangled Skimmer, Female

The spangled skimmer, Libellula cyanea, grows to nearly 2 inches long. Each of the 4 wings has a white spot beside a black spot on the outer leading edge. Females are dark brown with lengthwise yellow stripes, and darkish wingtips.

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Photo of a Spangled Skimmer dragonfly, male

Spangled Skimmer, Male

The spangled skimmer, Libellula cyanea, grows to nearly 2 inches long. Each of the 4 wings has a white spot beside a black spot on the outer leading edge. Males are blue with a dark head.

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Photograph of a spotted predaceous diving beetle

Spotted Predaceous Diving Beetle

There are many, many different species of beetles, including hundreds of different predaceous diving beetles. If you are having trouble identifying them, congratulate yourself if you can say for certain that it's "some kind of a beetle"!

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Photo of an adult stonefly on a leaf

Stoneflies

There are hundreds of species in North America
Stoneflies have a lot in common with mayflies, caddisflies, dragonflies and dobsonflies: They begin life as aquatic larvae, then molt and become winged adults. Many fish find stoneflies irresistible, and anglers take advantage of it!

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Photo of an adult stonefly on a leaf

Stonefly (Adult)

Adult stoneflies have two pairs of wings that are clear, membranous and finely veined. The wings rest closely down the back of the body, the forewings covering the hindwings. Antennae are threadlike and long.

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Photo of stonefly naiad on a rock underwater

Stonefly Naiad

Stonefly naiads are aquatic, flattened, with 6 sprawling legs and a segmented abdomen bearing 2 long, antenna-like "tails" (cerci). Gills are tuftlike and usually located at the leg bases, beneath the body.

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Photo of a stonefly naiad clinging to a rock underwater

Stonefly Naiad In Habitat

There are several families of stoneflies in North America. Identifying the many species requires using a magnifying lens to note subtle details of anatomy. This individual is probably in the family Perlidae ("common stoneflies").

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Photo of a water boatman

Water Boatman "Oars"

In water boatmen, the last pair of legs are elongated and function like "oars." The "foot" portion of the tiny forelegs has only one segment and is shaped like a scoop.

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