Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Emperor emerging

20th May 2017

Good to find and witness this Emperor dragonfly emerging from my pond. I donned my waders and spent a bit of time watching and photographing this wonder of nature. Dragonflies and Damselflies go through three stages in their lives, the eggs which are laid in their hundreds on aquatic vegetation or directly into the water, the nymph or larva which are voracious underwater predators and shed their skins a number of times and, depending on the species spend up to four years beneath the surface .Eventually the nymph emerges from the water and climbs up a plant stem where in its final moult the skin splits and an adult Dragonfly is born, this can take from one to three hours to complete. The life of an adult Dragonfly is short, usually between two and four weeks.

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