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Glossary

mandibles — Mouth parts of an insect.

nymph — Term for the larva of many aquatic insects.

ovipositing — The act of placing eggs by some insects (see also ovipositor).

ovipositor — A specialized organ on the abdomen of some female insects used for placing eggs into plant material or appropriate position.

pruinose — For Odonata, a substance that exudes from the outer surface, turning the insect blue or powdery.

pterostigma — A small, non-transparent section near the outside of the leading edge of some insect wings (including dragonflies).

teneral — When an insect has reached adult form, usually with a pale exoskeleton, but not yet able to reproduce. This is used to describe dragonflies and damselflies when they haven't reached their mature colors.

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