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
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).