Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Adults have wings, part 2

Flame Skimmer - female
Flame Skimmer - male

Both photos by Ned Harris, 9/22/2012
Flame Skimmer dragonflies are out and about in Sabino Canyon. You'll note that the male is more colorful. Both are adults, though. (Adult insects have wings!) Dragonflies undergo 'incomplete' metamorphosis: egg - nymph - adult. Read more about their life cycle and see some photos of nymphs here. Dragonfly nymphs are one of the many insect critters in the creek.

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