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Re: [Odonata-l] [Fwd: Deformed Damselfly?]

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  • Dennis Paulson
    Kathy and Denise, The thing sticking out of the thorax isn t a leg, at least not a leg of that bluet - it s too long to be any of the segments and doesn t
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2009
      Kathy and Denise,

      The "thing" sticking out of the thorax isn't a leg, at least not a leg
      of that bluet - it's too long to be any of the segments and doesn't
      seem to have spines on it. It may just be a plant part that got stuck
      between the wings. The wings look entirely normal. I don't think it is
      a deformation. Without further enlargement, I can't tell if something
      is wrapped around the thorax, but it does look as if something is
      there. But it also doesn't look like part of the damselfly. Odonates
      often have spider webs on them, sometimes sticky plant seeds. The
      left front leg is missing, but otherwise, there's nothing deformed
      about this individual that I can see. Perhaps someone else will have a
      more discerning eye.


      On Sep 30, 2009, at 9:50 AM, Kathy &/or Dave Biggs wrote:

      > I received this email about a seemingly deformed Bluet - I've never
      > seen
      > anything like this, have any of you?
      > Please reply to group and to the sender:
      > Denise D. Greaves, Ph.D.
      > dionysia@... <mailto:dionysia@...>
      > THANKS!!
      > Kathy Biggs
      > -------- Original Message --------
      > Subject: Deformed Damselfly?
      > Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 22:07:59 -0700
      > From: Denise <dionysia@...>
      > To: bigsnest@...
      > Hi,
      > On Sunday (September 27), I photographed a damselfly (bluet?) at
      > Shoreline Park in Mountain View, CA. When I loaded the photo onto my
      > computer and enlarged it, I noticed some puzzling features, and I'm
      > wondering whether you have seen or heard of anything like it.
      > The (cropped) photo is attached. It looks like there is a leg
      > growing out of its back. And it's unclear what's going on with the
      > front legs, but it looks like something is wrapped around the front
      > part of the thorax.
      > I would really appreciate any feedback/info you are able to offer.
      > Sincerely,
      > Denise
      > Denise D. Greaves, Ph.D.
      > dionysia@...
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      Dennis Paulson
      1724 NE 98 St.
      Seattle, WA 98115

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