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May 24, 2010



Fresh and cool!


One more thing, I had never before thought about where a dragonfly comes from until I recently came across a naiad photo on a fly fishing website. The insect metamorphism is amazing. Hard to believe I knew so little about something so common as a dragonfly.


Totally amazing! I can't wait to show this to my boys! Doesn't it make you feel small to think of all the things we DON'T know and all the things we never even thought of knowing...or not knowing, know what I mean?


Great photos Michelle and Si. You must have been very patient waiting for the dragon fly to emerge from the naiad. Silas and Levi at 4 and 6 know more about insects than I'll ever know! Your blog is very enlightening.


Thanks Marsha. 

Silas says he isnt very patient, not at all as patient as a bullfrog.

Im often amazed at how much these little guys know, and Im always impressed that they arent afraid to pick up any bug or creature.  I definitely wasnt doing that at their age.

Gwynneth Beasley

Thank you so much for posting these pictures - I have never even seen a discarded skin - so amazing!


Youre welcome Gwynneth!  I am so glad I finally figured out that exoskeleton belonged to a dragonfly, weve seen the discarded skins around for years, but I never knew what crawled out of them.

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