Exuviae

The shed exoskeleton of a nymph dragonfly. I suspect this is Common Green Darner.
Nearly 50% smaller, and more commonly found by your correspondent, this could be Amberwing or Blue Dasher, our two most common dragonflies.

Both damselflies and dragonflies begin their lives in the water before emerging into the air and breaking out of these exoskeletons into the adult winged form. Some species can emerge in the same year they’re born; others overwinter and emerge the next year; still others take several years to go through their nymphal stage.
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The fascist rumor machine is now harping on a magic number: only 6% of COVID-19 deaths are really due to the virus, the rest from other causes. Straight from Q to Trump, whose verbal derangements are duly reported by the media even as he spins crackpot theories and plucks lies out of his ass with wild abandon.

As of August 31, the official death count in the U.S. is 183,733. This is actually an undercount. Here’s an excellent explainer of why this has been the case.

1 Response to “Exuviae”


  1. 1 constance wolf September 4, 2020 at 8:50 am

    >>> Fantastic line! “Straight from Q to Trump, whose verbal derangements are duly reported by the media even as he spins crackpot theories and plucks lies out of his ass with wild abandon.” Thank you for all your bug and bird stories and the occasional rant. They make my day! C

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