Dragonfly naiad

6866.        I have never seen this type of bug/insect at our cottage before so am anxious/curious to know what it is and details. The photo was taken on May 27th, 2020 at Fire Route 214, Beaver Lake Road, Cathacoma, Ontario. Thank you. Toronto, ONTARIO. Canada

Number 6866. This is a shed ‘skin’ (exoskeleton) of a dragonfly naiad (the aquatic, immature stage). When a naiad completes its growth, it emerges from the water and clambers up on anything handy, secures a grip, then splits open and the adult slowly emerges. Click here for a short video clip of this process.