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Larval Anatomy & Physiology


The larvae of dragonflies and damselflies are similar in anatomy and physiology to the adult insect but totally different in appearance.

The larva's body appearance is structured for living under water since this is where most of its life is spent. It cannot fly and has to rely on modified body structures for breathing and locomotion.

The larvae of dragonflies and damselflies are very different in both form and function.  Both are presented here.

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