Tracks and Sign

(Naiad trails underwater)




Dragonfly naiads leave some spectacular trails underwater in rivers and streams. If the water is slow-moving, the trails can last for a while.
dragonfly naiad
This is a dragonfly naiad. It is not ready to come out of the water and shed its skin yet though. It has a little bit more growing to do. However, if you look on rocks and vegetation near water, you will find shed skins (exuviae) that look just like this. Damselflies, mayflies, and stoneflies also do the same thing. You can find their sheds (exuviae) near water bodies in summer.


dragonfly naiad trails
These looking trails underwater were made by dragonfly naiads.
dragonfly naiad trails under water
In the Eel River, in summer, you will commonly find these dragonfly naiad trails underwater.
dragonfly naiad itself
A side view of the dragonfly naiad.
dragonfly naiad the track  maker
Top view of the dragonfly naiad. You can see the tiny bumps that will one day become the wings of the full-grown dragonfly. But first, it must shed this skin, or exoskeleton.
dragonfly naiad trails underwater
Nore dragonfly naiad trails. Larval form.
dragonfly naiad trails underwater
Photo of a fresh dragonfly naiad trail taken with an underwater camera.
dragonfly naiad trails under the water
You can follow these trails until you find an end. Look for the movement of the burrowing critter. Then, dig there and you will come up with the naiad! Be sure to put it back.
underwater trail of dragonfly naiad
The dragonfly naiad in the photos above was dug out from this fresh trail. See how it ends on the right? That's where to dig. Put the critter back after you examine it so it has a chance to become a beautiful dragonfly!



Got a crayfish story? E-mail me and tell me about it.


You are visitor number:
All counters reset in October 2000

Back to Invertebrates page

Back to the Animal Tracks Den

Copyright 2016. Text and photos by Kim A. Cabrera


Copyright   2016. Kim A. Cabrera - Desert Moon Design

Page updated: January 29, 2016

Find crayfish and other animals on various products at: www.dirt-time.com
All sales go to help support the Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den web site.
Thank you for stopping by! Happy tracking!

Visit Beartracker's Nature Store online store at: www.dirt-time.com  Happy tracking!!

What else can you find in the nature store? Beartracker's animal tracks coloring book, T-shirts, sweatshirts, journals, book bags, toddler and infant apparel, mouse pads, posters, postcards, coffee mugs, travel mugs, clocks, Frisbees, bumper stickers, hats, stickers, and many more items. All with tracks or paw  prints, or nature scenes. Custom products are available. If you don't see the track you want on the product you want, email me and I can probably create it. Proceeds from all sales go to pay the monthly fees for this web site. You can help support this site as well as get great tracking products! Thank you!


Find other tracking products: www.zazzle.com/tracker8459*


Also visit these fine stores for more products of interest:

NDN Pride shop - For Indian Pride items for all tribes. Custom items available on request.

ASL Signs of Love - For anyone who uses or is learning ASL, American Sign Language. Custom name items and more are available here.

Get Every Child Outdoors (Get E.C.O.) - My shop dedicated to nature and getting kids interested in nature and the outdoors.

Sales from all stores give commissions to Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den, which helps keep this site online as a free service. We are celebrating ten years online this year!



If you wish to help keep this site online, donations are accepted through PayPal.
Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den is provided as a free service, but your
donations are sincerely appreciated to pay the monthly hosting fees.
If you do not wish to donate, we do have a store where you can purchase
custom tracking items.
Thank you and happy tracking!