Post update: Malformed odonates

I discovered another malformed odonate during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 20 October 2014. This individual is a male Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) with a slight bend in its abdomen between S5 and S6. Remember that “S5 and S6″ refers to abdominal Segments 5 and 6 (of 10), numbered from front to back.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male, malformed abdomen)

A lot can go wrong when a dragonfly metamorphoses from a larva to an adult. I’m surprised more odonates aren’t malformed, although the ones with fatal flaws probably tend to be uncommon sightings.

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  1. Malformed odonates | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] male Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) was spotted at Huntley Meadows Park on 20 October 2014. This individual has a slight bend in its abdomen between S5 and S6. Remember that “S5 and […]

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