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Jozia- this thread is 9 years old but to answer your question- 1-2 weeks to hatch and go to nymph stage. The nymph stage can last anywhere from a month to several years!
Go over to the introduction section and tell us all about your pond!
 
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Jozia- this thread is 9 years old but to answer your question- 1-2 weeks to hatch and go to nymph stage. The nymph stage can last anywhere from a month to several years!
Go over to the introduction section and tell us all about your pond!
I dunno, @mrsclem ; it's been 9 years, they've probably hatched and flown away by now, right? :D:D:D
 
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Does anyone have a pic of what they look like as a beetle?
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Does anyone have a pic of what they look like as a beetle?
I spotted this one yesterday. He or she hopped like a cricket from the ground to a pipe protruding from my pond to the pond wall.
 

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I have never seen a nymph jump they are in the water or when they mature they fly . Never saw one jump and not have wings
 
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It's great to have a thread for dragonfly & damselfly photos and information.

Just a note on terminology. Immature dragonflies are called naiads (or nymphs), They are in the order Odonata. However, beetles are the adult forms of a completely different order of insects, Coleoptera.
 
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I have never seen a nymph jump they are in the water or when they mature they fly . Never saw one jump and not have wings
I could certainly be wrong. It looked like a hopping version of something that was identified on iNaturalist as an “exuvia (shed) of a dragonfly naiad.” I’m a newbie entomologist too, but enthusiastic!
 

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I could certainly be wrong. It looked like a hopping version of something that was identified on iNaturalist as an “exuvia (shed) of a dragonfly naiad.” I’m a newbie entomologist too, but enthusiastic!
Immature insects go through several stages known as instars before reaching the final adult instar. At the end of each instar the old exoderm ('skin') is shed. These shed skins are the exuviae. Your picture looks like the exuvia if the last immature instar. It crawled out of the water and shed its exoderm, transforming into a winged adult dragonfly.
 

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