In Part 1 of this series, I said I would bring you a series of the emergence of a Large Red Damselfly. Since then, they have continued to emerge at a rate of between five and eight per day until yesterday when there were no new ones, although we are now seeing the matured early emergent back around the pond and starting to mate.
This series of images were taken over a period of about forty minutes, with the damsel staying on the leaf warming for a further hour or so before it finally flew.
Just emerging, tail still in its case and umbilicals still connected
Body starting to straighten
Tail beginning to extend
Wings beginning to pump out
More wing extension, now level with tail
More wing expansion
Wings now fully formed
Tail now extended
Now fully formed and moving round to the sunny side to warm up
As you can see from the exposures the light was variable with either full sun or part cloud. Images were taken with the Canon 5Dmk2, Canon 180 f3.5L macro, using the live view facility and resting on a beanbag on the pond edge.