Monday, November 17, 2008

Larval Emergence I - Aeshnidae

Finally, some of the Aeshnidae larvae I caught from Bangi Forest Reserve have emerged. Now the identity of the larvae has been revealed - they are actually Gynacantha basiguttata.

this larva image was taken 16 hours just before its emergence; it is a female with a size of 38 mm.

Below are a series of images showing the stages of emergence of the above female larva. The larva started to emerge around 3 am early morning when it was still dark. The whole process of emerging took roughly 3 hours.

So, the identity of the larva is revealed. It is a female Gynacantha basiguttata.