Mystery Monday (8/4/2014): Can You ID Me?

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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Here we go with the first Mystery Monday of August! Do you know what this is? Give us your best guess, and I’ll be back this evening with the answer!



    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    carross
    carross
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    A tick?


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    flowerpowerz5
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    Cicada shell. I don’t know if I spelled it right though


    Sandy M.

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    takyslaky
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    I am going with what Sandy said.   A cicada shell.  What a ugly bug..LOL


    CatsBirds
    CatsBirds
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    Locust shell… or cicada… we have always called them locusts..

     


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    mary
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    all i know it’s a BUG!


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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    I’m gonna step in for a minute and tell you all that it’s NOT a cicada shell, but you’re on the right track…


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    Gayle
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    And it’s not a tick.  IDK what kind of bug but some type of bug shell?


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    ili Z.9
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    something horrible


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    bwatcher
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    a dragon fly


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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    bwatcher got it! This is the shell of a dragonfly. To all who guessed cicada – that’s what I thought too when I found this clinging to the bottom of one of my birdfeeders a few years ago. But then I decided the body wasn’t fat enough, and the legs were too long. Since we live on a lake, dragonfly was the next logical choice. Here’s a closer look after I carefully detached it.

    Dragonflies, like other insects, undergo metamorphosis. This is the shell (exuvia) left behind when the dragonfly nymph crawled from the water and found a dry place to make its final change into a dragonfly. See more about the life cycle of a dragonfly here.

    One of the things I found most interesting was the amount of detail you could still see on the shell. The part shown above housed the wings. They seem too small (and the body too large), until you remember that when the dragonfly first emerges, it spends the first few minutes pumping fluid (called haemolymph) from the body into the wings to inflate them. (Butterflies and moths do this too.) Once the wings dry, away they go!

    This may or may not be the same species as the shell we found (this is a female Common Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis), but it’s one of the more common species found around our house.

    If you want to see more photos of the dragonfly shell itself, click here.

    Thanks for playing along on Mystery Monday. I’ll be back next week!


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    margba
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    A dragonfly?  You got me on that!  Thought right off it was a locust.  Alright, locust or cicada?  Is there a diff or just a thing like fireflies vs lightening bugs?  Charlene, I miss that post!


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    ili Z.9
    ili Z.9
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    apologize to the beautiful dragonflies…very ineresting info


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    iris43
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    Thanks, Jill, for such an interesting topic.  I love to learn these ‘mysteries’ we find in our gardens.  :D


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    mary
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    learned something new today!Mary in KY


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