Saturday 30 April 2011

Pond Life pt 2 - Metamorphosis of a Large Red Damselfly

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

 Finallly free

 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.



  1. Absolutely fantastic Martin, what a privilege to witness, many thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. I see the pictures of the spices which one is sitting on the leaves and it is a nice snap shoot according to me .

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