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Old Jun 19, 2010, 10:23 PM   #11
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I've always enjoyed viewing your picts! I found the nymphs really interesting.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 10:54 PM   #12
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Beautiful Mole!
Going to have to start calling you the butterfly whisperer.
The Fawn is just adorable, great capture!
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 9:19 AM   #13
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Wow! That fawn is so precious looking - I can sure understand why you would have had trouble keeping the group far enough away not to rouse it. That picture makes me want to reach out and pet it.

All of the shots are so lovely, what a wonderful walk you had.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 9:40 AM   #14
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Some lovely shots Mole and thanks for pointing out the nymphs because I would never have known what they were !
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 10:06 PM   #15
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How big are the nymphs for dragonflies? The reason I ask is that one day I was at the botanical gardens and saw what I thought might be something like that in the artificial stream. I thought someone had abandoned something besides turtles in the stream, but I haven't seen them since. I've seen some dragonflies around there on occasion so now I think that's what they were. Very interesting!
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 2:17 PM   #16
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Chesslanka - Thanks so much!

Ronny - Nice sign - Thanks!

Tacticdesigns - Glad you enjoyed these!

GW - Whispering won't do much good - it's the salt & minerals in sweat that attracts them (the butterfly sweater??). That sure was an adorable baby...

Harriet - Thanks so much! Yes, it is always a struggle to balance nature protection and nature enjoyment... To answer your other question, dragonfly nymphs vary in size, but for most species, they get to be about an inch or an inch and a half long before they hatch out. Most species tend to hatch out predawn, so it's not that common to spot them emerging. Sometimes you can find the shed skins (called "exuviae") on plant stems near ponds and streams. How big were the critters you saw?

Frogfish - Isn't it amazing how much they change from nymph to adult! An amazing creation we live in...
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 9:44 PM   #17
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They weren't huge but I would have said larger than an inch or inch and a half. It's hard to say since they were underwater and I'm not sure how much distortion there was.
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