Birth of a Dragon.

Started Feb 27, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Birth of a Dragon.
Feb 27, 2011

Greetings all. This morning I was fortunate in seeing the birth of a Dragonfly. Here is some info on the Dragonfly.

Most of a dragonfly's life is spent in the nymph form, beneath the water's surface, using extendable jaws to catch its prey little fish, tadpoles etc. The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. When the larva is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant (my shots were on an unopened water lily). Exposure to air causes the larva to begin breathing. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its old larval skin, pumps up its wings, and flies off.

I managed to get a number of shots, regrettably not the crawling from the nymph, still I was delighted.

1) Emerged.

An Hour & 10 minutes later you can see its a Dragonfly
2) Getting ready.

You can see where the dragonfly emerged from the nymph.
3) Empty Shell.

I did not wait longer till the colour was added & the Dragonfly departed

Thanks for looking.
Regards.
Ernest.
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