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Damselflies have slenderer bodies than dragonflies, and their eyes do not overlap. Damselfly nymphs differ from dragonflies nymphs in that they possess caudal gills (on the abdomen) whereas dragonflies breathe through the rectum. Damselfly nymphs swim by fish-like undulations, the gills functioning like a tail.


Damselfly nymphs range in colour from black, brown, green and yellow. In combination with body shape and mottled patterns are very well camouflaged. Moreover, some of the less active species are covered with algae and a layer of sediments.


Damselfly larvae (nymphs) are aquatic, slender, usually drab insects, with 6 thin legs, large eyes, and small wing buds on the back of the thorax. The 3 gills are leaflike or paddlelike and positioned in a tripod configuration at the tip of the abdomen (unlike the gills of the related dragonflies, which are hidden within the tip of the abdomen).


Show / Hide Damselfly Nymph Transcript This is Rob Snowhite’s Damselfly Nymph. It’s an easy, quick and fairly cheap tie that works well in just about any body of water - making it an exceptional guide fly.


Stump Lake Damsel Damselfly Nymph Fly .. I remember my first really successful day fly fishing Stump lake. It was years ago, the month was June and the damsels were hatching! We were anchored in the shallows tossing out big yellowish green nymphs and trying to imitate their wiggly progression towards the shoreline. For every damsel that made it ...


Damselfly, (suborder Zygoptera), any of a group of predatory, aerial insects that are in the order Odonata.Damselflies are found mainly near shallow, freshwater habitats and are graceful fliers with slender bodies and long, filmy, net-veined wings.


Larval Odonata : Dragonflies and damselflies begin their lives as nymphs, living underwater for a year of more. On the left, a damselfly nymph, recognizable by the three feathery gills extending from the tip of its abdomen. On the right, a dragonfly nymph, whose abdomen ends in three short spines and whose gills are held internally.


Behavior of the Nymph (Larva): The nymph is the longest stage of the Damselfly’s life cycle. They live, eat and grow amongst the weeds in 4 to 24 feet of water and undergo several instars or molts during their development.


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This simple damselfly nymph imitation is a great fly to have in your box during the damsel emergences that take place in the late spring and summer!