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Can you ID this aquatic insect??
Old 02-05-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
 
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Can you ID this aquatic insect??

Moved my RCS to a new tank. Saw one of these in the tank (brown/black color) and put it on a papertowel and is moved more like a bug. I thought it was a bug, and put it outside. Figured it fell in the tank.

Now, I just spotted another one. This one is lighter in color and smaller. What is this thing? Do you know if it is dangerous to the RCS?

Thanks

Gwen
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Old 02-05-2012, 02:03 PM   #2
 
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That is a damselfly nymph. Depending on how large your shrimp are it could be a problem. It will likely try to eat the smallest ones. They are voracious little buggers. ww
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Old 02-05-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
 
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That is a damselfly nymph. Depending on how large your shrimp are it could be a problem. It will likely try to eat the smallest ones. They are voracious little buggers. ww

Thank you very much. I don't know where she is in the tank now, but I'll try to get her out when I see her. Will she one day "fly out of the water" and become a flying bug? Or does she live in the water forever?

Would she have come on a plant, I'm guessing?

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Old 02-05-2012, 03:21 PM   #4
 
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If you leave it in there it could very well become a damselfly (smaller dragonfly cousin). Damselfly nymphs are just baby damselflies. I had one come in with my plants. I just left it in there because nothing was food-sized, but in your case it might want to remove it. If the weather is warm enough, you could put it outside in some water. Damselfly nymphs and adults love to eat mosquitoes, so they're great insects to have around.
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