Bio lesson of the day: the earliest crustacean larval form is a nauplius. A slightly later form (at which many triops species hatch) is the metanauplius.
Latin lesson of the day: the plural of nauplius is nauplii.
Now say hello to my little friends:
The photos above are from around 11am today, when I discovered two little hatchlings twitching about in the water. Only one is pictured above. I wish I could provide a better look, but I'm working with seriously cropped 100mm macro photos of a 1mm creature. You can barely see them in the water.
Below are a couple of views of one triops larva around 5pm. There were three by this time, and I think they were very slightly larger and their bodies seemed a little better defined. The image on the left shows some striations crossing over the photo - a thumbprint whorl pattern. The entire square image is about 1/4 of the whole thumbprint - which gives you an idea of how miniscule the larvae are.
You can bet I'll be sharing more as these guys develop. I hope more than 3 hatch, and/or that these three live to adulthood.