Dragonfly emerges from larva.

Dragonfly emerges from larva.

Postby Mooshie1956 on Thu 10 May 2018, 1:22 pm

Today I was lucky enough to be able to watch a dragonfly emerging from it's larva state. I managed to grab some shots of it but as it was low down and amongst the grass it was difficult to get a good focus lock on it, just wish I had taken my wellies now :sad: . Anyway it was still good to get some record shots.
1. Dangling close to the water
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2. Can't get my head wet and I'm nearly there
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3. One more push
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4. I'm out, wow just missed the water
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5. Now I need to dry off
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Another was also emerging that was in a better position for me, but unfortunately I didn't have the time to stay for it.
Image2nd Dragon by Peter Hurley, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed them, I know the quality isn't great but how often do you get the chance to see nature at it's best.
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Re: Dragonfly emerges from larva.

Postby sdad on Thu 10 May 2018, 4:25 pm

How long does it take? I see they come out near the "shoulders". Does the tail come out first, then the head?
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Re: Dragonfly emerges from larva.

Postby Mooshie1956 on Thu 10 May 2018, 6:59 pm

sdad wrote:How long does it take? I see they come out near the "shoulders". Does the tail come out first, then the head?


They come out head first as far as I know, and they can take 2 hours plus to fully emerge from what I've been told. These pictures were taken over about a 30 minute period and I had been there for quite a while before the pictures were taken. I had to go back to the car and get my long lens as I only had my 12-60 on me at the time we saw them coming out.
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