Native SpeciesDamselfly larva

Odonata (order)
FOUND by Cascade bugs
2012-05-31
Saco
ID Questioned
Quality checked by ls
Peer reviewed by ls
Field Notes
I am happy because its a beautiful day and water is nice. I smell soiled water. The mosquitos are all over the place. I was surprised that I found no pollution intolerant animals and that the pH level was so high considering the water is coming from an acidic heath.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
It has the same striped pattern on the back legs that a damselfly has on our species card.
Photo of my evidence.
Both have the front six legs that are all forward.
Photo of my evidence.
It had 3 tail parts just like on the species card.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Odonata (order)
Common name:
Damselfly larva
Count of individuals: 
10-20
Coverage: 
Less than 1/4 covered
Reproduction: 
How big is it?: 
0 - 2 cm
Is it male or female?: 
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 43.542530 °
Longitude: 
W -70.405540 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Freshwater - In a stream or river
Trip Information
Name:
Cascade Falls
Trip date: 
Thu, 2012-05-31 12:00
Town or city: 
Saco
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Ecosystem: 
Freshwater
Watershed: 
Presumpscot
MIDAS Code: 
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
20 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Walking trail
People
Water temperature: 
19.0°C
pH: 
7.0
Dissolved oxygen: 
9.0mg/L

Comments

Thanks for going out and looking for benthic macro-invertebrates (BMIs)! They are an integral part in our understanding of water quality.

I see that you think that this species is a damselfly nymph. I think it is a mayfly nymph. Normally, the tails on the damselfly are more fan-like. And, compared to a mayfly, the body on the damselfly is noticeably skinnier. The abdomen on the damselfly is more twig-like. Whenever I see a BMI with three tails, my first guess is always mayfly. Most mayflies have three tails (unless one has broken off). Though damselflies also have three tails, they are more like fans and the body of the damselfly nymph resembles the body of the damselfly adult (somewhat).

Thanks so much for getting out and identifying some BMIs for us! Keep it up!