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a.1.(Zool.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a condition assumed by the imago of certain Neuroptera, after exclusion from the pupa. In this state the insect is soft, and has not fully attained its mature coloring.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The larvae serve as food for freshwater fish, and the soft bodies of the teneral are fed by birds (Jens and Runyan, 2006).
And if you're lucky, you might even spot a newly-emerged (teneral) dragonfly.
Femora dark red-brown (note: a few [female] specimens have orangebrown femora and may be somewhat teneral), predominantly pale yellow-white setose (1 dorsodistal black macroseta).
Three adults (two male and one female) with some teneral characteristics, were well away from the Yarra with the minimum distance from the river being up to 1.8 km.
americanus captured, 35% were teneral (i.e., relatively young) and 65% were sclerotized (i.e., relatively old); no trend relative to age was noted across sites, so numbers were combined for analyses.
aegypti adult females only if teneral nutritional reserves are elevated [102].
In this group, where large series of specimens are available for comparative study, there appears to be developmental and interspecific variation in the extent and intensity of the tergite's lateral sclerotization, so that, in some specimens, especially those that are teneral, the spiracle appears to open on an unsclerotized portion of the pleuron membrane.
Keith's book describes the habitat of dragonflies, what they eat, how, once they've left their larval shell and are in the "teneral" stage, sometimes it takes an hour for their wings to dry before they fly away.