01: The Nymph


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This exuvia (shed skin) shows the form of a typical dragonfly nymph. Nymphs, which begin life as a small egg deposited in the water, develop as aquatic insects for about a year.

Rising water temperatures trigger the nymph to climb from the water and begin the process of emergence. In the spring and early summer, if one looks closely around bodies of water where odonates breed you can often find exuvia clinging to vegetation, rocks and man-made structures such as bridges.

About the Traveling Exhibit

A series of ten large (approximately 20” x 24”) photographs (on aluminum) which illustrate the life cycle of these insects is available as a traveling exhibition. Accompanying text and captions (on separate panels) provide further information and describe the illustrated behaviors. A companion website (http://www.frg-photo.com/ode_exhibit/) expands on the exhibit by providing additional photographs and links to further information.

This exhibit is designed to inform the general public and is appropriate for display in venues such as schools, public libraries, and nature sanctuary visitor’s centers. The standard loan period is one month; use of the images is available at no cost.

Please contact the artist, Frank Gorga (frank@frg‐photo.com), for further information or to arrange an exhibit.

Rights and Permissions

This photograph may be used for projected presentations in a non-profit educational setting only. Any other uses are strictly prohibited except with permission from the photographer (Frank R. Gorga: frank@frg-photo.com).