Invertebrates

Let’s start Monday with a reminder that we are outnumbered. From some recent explorations in the city and beyond:Odonata larva.Jellyfish.
Wolf spider.Worm. (With iridescent slime!)
Leaf-footed bug. Snail. Yes, they — they’re hermaphrodites — are in there.

Carry on.

4 Responses to “Invertebrates”


  1. 1 Karl Madden July 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Great shots, Captain! The Odonata Larvae (Dragonfly and Damselfly?) seem to be impressive hunters of small fish (I googled them); reminding me of the fearsome Giant Water Bug seen in pet store aquariums (at least they sold them in Japan) — the ones that dive down to attack and overpower fish larger than themselves. My question: Are the Odonata Larvae unique in that they eat bigger/stronger prey than their fully-formed, Dragonfly selves (don’t Dragonflies eat only small flies and mosquitos)?

    • 2 mthew July 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      K

      This particular one is a dragonfly larva. Damselfly larvae have three feathery external gills extending from the back of the tipoff the abdomen.

      I don’t think adult D & Ds can take larger prey because of the weight issue; having to carry something heavier. So they generally eat smaller insects. Sometimes tiny little gnats; but I suppose if you eat enough of them, like chips, they fill you up.

  2. 3 elwnyc July 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve seen pictures of dragonflies killing hummingbirds, though I suspect it’s not common. Not flying with them, though.


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