Monday, November 10, 2014

Another wonder

Photo by Marty Horowitz 10/30/2014

Even if you don't know the name of this insect, you can be sure you're looking at an adult. In the insect world, adults have wings : - )
Like all animals, this one started out as a fertilized egg. Dragonflies undergo 'incomplete' metamorphosis, which is not a complete rebuild, but is nevertheless pretty amazing. What hatches in this type of metamorphosis is called a nymph. Nymphs also live to eat - but instead of covering up and taking themselves apart; nymphs eat, grow, shed, repeat. At a certain point, the code for 'build wings' is turned on, and their final shed reveals their adult form. In the case above, a male Filigree Skimmer.

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