In my last post about emerging winter stoneflies, I left the stonefly nymph hanging on a rock with the stonefly partially emerged from its nymphal skin. The nymph had crawled out of the water and hung on the rock and as it dried out the "skin" split open and the stonefly began to "hatch". Here is a photo of the emerging stonefly a little further along in its efforts to extract itself from its old way of life.
In the video the stonefly began to flex its wings and they started to slowly unfurl. Here are some more photos of a stonefly emerging... leaving behind its aquatic stage. One of the boys said at this point, "it looks like a cross between a grasshopper and a lizard".
This next photo of an emerging stonefly captures a look of awe, I think anyway, as the stonefly meets the new world it has just entered.
Watch this video of the stonefly as it "hatches" and leaves its "shuck" behind.
Behold, a brand new stonefly!
photos of stonefly wings unfurling. Check it out! What an incredible feat... what a display of the Creator's genius!
With its transformation complete, the winter stonefly can now scurry around our yard, crawl around on the snow, or go skimming across the surface of the water as it searches for a mate.
Yeah for living close by the water's edge!