Can you identify what's in this photo?
Each Wednesday morning
on Camp Lutherlyn's Facebook page
the Lutherlyn Environmental Education Program posts a photo.
Readers have all morning and afternoon
to make their best guess about what the photo is.
Around 6 pm LEEP provides the answer and a brief explanation.
Each week's What is it Wednesday post
will also be posted on the Nature of Lutherlyn blog,
after it is posted on Facebook,
sometimes with additional bonus information.
In addition to bringing you current editions of What is it Wednesday
on the Nature of Lutherlyn blog,
we will be reposting old editions,
creating a What is it Wednesday archive.
This photo was posted as a What is it Wednesday on.
June 12, 2019.
And the answer is....
Sometimes we post a What is it Wednesday picture of something that also made us say “What is it?!” This is one of those instances.
This strange creature, about an inch and a half long, was found swimming in the garden pond at Terra Dei. With a little poking around in field guides and online we were able to determine that it is the larva of a diving beetle.
While we don’t see the larva often, diving beetles are very common in ponds and other slow-moving water. Diving beetles act like scuba-divers – at the surface of the water they attach a bubble of air to the underside of their abdomens, then breathe from that bubble of air while swimming underwater. There are many species, of various sizes and color patterns.
Diving beetles live in the water as both larvae and adults, but because they can also fly, they can migrate from one body of water to another.
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