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Odd bug

By Judy Reed

Carol Tewksbury, who lives on Englewright Lake, in Ensley Township, sent us this photo last week of what she called an odd bug.  

“I woke up to this visitor on my screen here at Englewright Lake. I haven’t seen anything like this before and thought I’d share the photo,” she wrote.

We contacted our local nature expert, Ranger Steve Mueller and asked him about it. He wrote back that it is a juvenile common whitetail dragonfly. “After they emerge from the nymph stage in water, they look like this but will soon develop a white abdomen,” he explained. “The white abdomen of the adult is where the name common whitetail comes from. Only the males develop the white tail. Females have a brown abdomen with white flecks along the sides.”  

So now you know!

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