(That’s the name of the imaginary Lovecraftian photoblog I run in my head.)
In case my previous Alien-esque images of emerging dragonflies weren’t enough for you…
This is a water scorpion (probably genus Ranatra). It’s about 3 inches long with the front arms extended and the funny tail thing at the back. Those front arms look vicious and this beast could probably kill my fish if they swam close enough. Fortunately it was on the outside wall of the enclosures.
Here is another damselfly teneral. This week, I think, a different species started emerging; their wings are green (whereas earlier tenerals have been all-beige before their adult colours appear). The wings will probably be transparent once they dry.
This is a species of caddisfly called a black dancer (Mystacides, probably M. alafimbriata, says an entomologist friend) Those things that look like vicious pincers in front are actually its front legs, which are fuzzy, not covered in teeth. I love the enormous antennae on this guy. And I’ll have to remember to post about caddisfly larvae later because they’re pretty cool.