It was only a week or so ago that I was looking through some photos on Flickr when I come across some photos of a Red veined Darter with exuviae which had been taken by Jon Mee, a fellow enthusiast. This is an exuviae that I have not yet found for my collection and have been keen to add this over the past couple of years. Jon has kindly sent me a few exuviae in the past of a few species and after contacting him about the location of the photos, Jon kindly offered to send me a Red veined Darter exuviae in the post which has surprisingly been successful. After a visit to the post office early in the week to collect my parcel, I was soon in possession of my first ever Red veined Darter exuviae and spent a while studying the features of this exuviae. The most obvious feature is the two dark stripes on the top of the abdomen which show out well as well as the large eyes and lack of mid dorsal spines. I spent an hour this evening taking a number of photos from different angles which I think show off these features quite well. Another good one for the collection and again, many thanks to Jon Mee for sending me this exuviae.
Head (note the large eyes)
Side view of head
Showing the large eyes
Red veined Darter Exuviae (note the two dark stripes on the abdomen)