A Damselfly Question (fwd)
Thomas A. Artiss
Fri, 14 Jan 2000 06:53:58 -0500 (EST)
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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 00:41:00 -0600
From: Tim Sager <email@example.com>
Subject: A Damselfly Question
Dear Dr. Artiss:
This is going to sound odd, but could you possibly give me the names of
any species of North American damselflies that crawl down the stalks of
aquatic vegetation to lay their eggs. I have read of this behavior in
damselflies, but the species named are all found in Great Britain (where
the critters are also known, rather charmingly, as "damosels"). In all
descriptions I have found of North American species the females are
described as laying their eggs in the surface film or depositing them in
vegetation on the water's surface. A couple of the reports from the U.K.
also describe some females swimming from plant to plant and remaining
submerged for as long as 40 minutes. Are you familiar with any North
American species that engage in this behavior?
Any information you could provide or resources you could point me toward
will be greatly appreciated.
Fort Worth, Texas
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