Dragonfly Exuviae I
(shell of a dragonfly)

fly on an exuvia
Dragonfly exuvia in the Jordanelle Dam wetlands. © Carol Davis, 8-3-2008
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dragonfly shell
I found this dragonfly shell (exuvia) at the Jordanelle wetlands in Wasatch County, UT.  It was the first one I had seen.  They shed their "skins"
 numerous times during their lifetime, but this final time they must come out of the water and attach themselves to a reed until their metamorphosis
is complete.  I imagine it's a very vulnerable time for them.   You can see the exit hole and the breathing tubes.  © Carol Davis,  7-29-07

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