Fresh Dragon

I’ve been excited to find fresh damsels emerging lately but yesterday I hit the jackpot! I was wandering round the village pond seeing what I could see when I stumbled upon this little lady (at least as far as I can tell, it’s female). I was so excited! As she developed I worked out that she was a Broad-Bodied Chaser, though at first it was hard to tell.

So here she is when I first spotted her at about 9:15am (according to the time recorded by my camera).

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Here she is at 9:40am. The veins in her wings are more distinct and her abdomen has filled out and is broadening into the broad-bodied shaped.

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Next shot was about 10:05am. She’s got more colour in her wing veins and her abdomen is appearing more solid, rather than quite so see-through as it was before. The edges of her abdomen are showing the spots you see on the grown-up dragons of this type.

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This one was taken at 10:20am when I was pleased to see that her wings were now ready to start moving. Not quite ready for flying yet but she had put them out to soak up the sun. She looked almost like a grown-up at this point, but just a little clumsy.

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And here she is at 10:30am. I had to go home soon after this as I was beginning to melt! It was hot and sunny and my wellies were soaking in the sun and burning my feet! I squelched home as I was so sweaty!! LOL. In this one you can see the dark colouring on the wings where they join her body. Other than her slightly wonky wing placement she looks about cooked ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t think she would have been there much longer so I’m not too sad I had to leave.

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One more just because I like it – look at those beautiful eyes ๐Ÿ˜€ I may be weird but I generally say thank you to creatures that allow me to photograph them. I said a big thank you to this lovely lady for putting up with me peering in her face when she wasn’t able to fly away from me. I don’t think she minded too much though.

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10 Replies to “Fresh Dragon”

  1. This is amazing…I can’t imagine her squeezed into that tight little armor! Have you ever seen one emerging? Does it back out or split down the middle? This part of my education has been neglected. Thanks for bearing the hot sun to bring this to us.

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    1. I haven’t actually seen one ‘in the flesh’ but I’ve seen photos and video. They burst out of the top of the larval skin, head and legs first and then pull their abdomen out of the case while holding on with their legs. It’s quite amazing!

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      1. I would love love love to see this. I’ve found and entire shed cicada shedding and seen those of preying mantises, but would love to see the process itself. Just the part of it you saw was amazing and your photographs were so well done, Suzy!! Thrilling.

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