Exuvia corner

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Subject: Exuvia corner
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2020 23:13:03 +0000

Peter Cranston and Alison Rowell have confirmed exuviae of a smaller species of dragonfly.  Still there this morning, just a couple  -  more than one exuvium anyway.  Incidentally photo taken at about 45m distance


A small bird perched on a tree branch

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From: Peter Cranston <>
Sent: Saturday, 7 November 2020 6:18 AM
To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Cycle of Life


Thanks Geoffrey, this shows that they are indeed the cast skins (exuviae) of nymphs of dragonflies, albeit from a small species. Damselflies would have a longer tapering tail.


From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 9:25 AM
To: Peter Cranston <>
Subject: RE: [Canberrabirds] Cycle of Life


Thanks for your interest Peter.  See attached. I might try for further shots.  Damselflies?  g


From: Peter Cranston <>
Sent: Friday, 6 November 2020 7:14 AM
To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Cycle of Life


Hi Geoffrey,
Can you send me a high res image ? The two 'discussant' insects seem too small relative to the swallows for either odonate or cicada, and shape and pigment seem to be of live insects.  Pete

From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 5:05 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Cc: <m("","canberrabirds");">>
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Cycle of Life


A chance snap of a well-known feature at Kelly Swamp on Monday morning revealed what I take to be the discarded cases of dragonfly nymphs apparently clinging to the underside of an over-water bird perch erected by Michael Maconachie, keen dragonfly photographer of years past. Or could they be cicada cases?




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