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Simpsons Gap, West MacDonnell National Park

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Located in the West MacDonnell National Park, Simpsons Gap is one of the more well known gaps in the West MacDonnell Range, being only 26 km west of Alice Springs.

During periods of rainfall in the region, many of the gorges, waterways and dry riverbeds fill with water. If enough rain falls, creating pools of water, nature takes its course and life appears as if from nowhere.

One of the creatures that can be found in the pools of water are the Dragonfly Nymph. The nymph is the stage prior to the adult dragonfly seen flying around the waterways. They belong to the order Odonata, which comes from the Greek word, odous, meaning tooth. Care should be taken with these nymphs as they can inflict a sharp bite with their teeth (mandibles).

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Dragonfly Nymph in pond water at Simpsons Gap.

Dragonfly Nymph in pond water at Simpsons Gap.

Dragonfly Nymph at Simpsons Gap, Central Australia.
We fished this nymph out of the water to take this photo, then returned it to the water.

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