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 Free images -  Dragonfly Nymph Hatching - Page 3

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dried wings of new dragonfly beside nymph

Nymph Hatching  - 18 
The wings are now completely straight and just need drying time.

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newly hatched dragonfly

Nymph Hatching  - 19 

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dragonfly on grass

Nymph Hatching  - 20 

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hatching dragonflies on grass beside lake

Nymph Hatching  - 21 
The grasses are filled with hatching dragonflies.

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close up of dragonfly wings

Nymph Hatching  - 22 
Close up view of translucent wings.

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dragonfly on plant

Nymph Hatching  - 23 
Common Baskettail  [Epitheca cynosura]

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The dragonfly holds tightly onto its chosen hatching plant as strong spring winds now catch his new wings and threaten to blow him away.

 

four wings of dragonfly common baskettail

Wings Drying - 1
Common Baskettail  [Epitheca cynosura]

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dragonfly helicopter wings common basetttail

Wings Drying - 2
Common Baskettail  [Epitheca cynosura]

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After almost a full hour since hatching, the wings have now completely unfurled, dried and hardened.  The wings first separate and then very tentatively the dragonfly moves them for the first time.  A very small movement at first, and then more drying time.  

As the wings become stiffer, the dragonfly prepares for flight.  It practices with back and forth wing movements and suddenly it has spread its wings into the traditional “helicopter” stance.  The wind now threatens more strongly to sweep the dragonfly into the air, but it is not yet ready and holds onto the plant tightly.

A few more moments of drying time, then a faint whirring noise, and the dragonfly lifts perfectly into the air in full flight.  The entire process from Nymph to Dragonfly has taken over two hours.

Although large dragonfly species live in this adult stage for up to five or six months, most adults live as dragonflies for about 8 weeks.

 

common baskettail dragonfly epitheca cynosura

Wings Drying - 3
Common Baskettail  [Epitheca cynosura]

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  Did you know... 

that since almost all of the dragonfly’s head are eyes, they can see in almost every direction except right behind them.

 

dragonfly common basekttail

Wings Drying - 4
Common Baskettail  [Epitheca cynosura]

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Seagulls find the newly emerged dragonflies and feast amongst the grasses before the dragonflies are capable of flight.

 

sea gulls hovering beside lake

Hungry Seagulls - 1

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seagull in flight

Hungry Seagulls - 2
Spotting the newly hatched dragonflies below.

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seagulls in grass

Hungry Seagulls - 3
The birds spent considerable time, methodically moving through the grasses, 
eating newly hatched dragonflies.

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empty exoskeleton of dragonfly nymph

Nymph Empty Shell - 1
An empty exoskeleton still remains tightly clasped onto grasses.

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empty shell of dragonfly nymph

Nymph Empty Shell - 2

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empty shell of dragonfly nymph exoskeleton

Nymph Empty Shell - 3

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Empty dragonfly nymph shell.

Another species of dragonfly empty nymph shell.  Nymph - 7

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Empty dragonfly nymph shell still clinging to branch.

Dragonfly empty nymph shell.  Nymph - 8

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Empty dragonfly nymph shell clinging to branch.

Dragonfly empty nymph shell.  Nymph - 9

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Empty dragonfly nymph shell.

Dragonfly empty nymph shell.  Nymph - 10

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Are You Baffled 
by Bugs ?

Did you know...

That all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects!

 


"I dreamed
 I was a butterfly,
 flitting around 
in the sky; 
then I awoke.  
Now I wonder:  
Am I a man 
who dreamt 
of being a butterfly, 
or am I a butterfly
dreaming 
that I am a man?"

~ Chuang Tse ~
Chinese philosopher

 

Insects have 3 body parts:  a head, thorax and abdomen.  They also have six legs and two antennae.

Spiders and Scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects!

 

According to some sources, the total number of insect species is somewhere between 15 and 30 million!

There are 900,000 known species in the world.

 

Insane About Insects ?

 

Did you know...

Scorpions can live for more than one year without eating!

 

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth, but only the female mosquitoe bites using it's proboscis.

Fireflies, sometimes called Lightningbugs, are not true bugs or flies.  They are beetles!

Every year, insects eat about one third of the world's food crops.

Only male crickets can chirp.  They will chirp faster in warm weather.  

Most insects hatch from eggs.

The average bed contains 2-6 million dust mites!

 

Are You An Enthusiastic
Entomologist ?

Did you know...

Every year, the average person eats several insects while sleeping.  

Insects breath through a complicated network of air tubes called tracheae that open along the sides of the insects body.

Nearly all insect growth involves metamorphosis.

The average housefly lives only two weeks!

A female ladybug lays about 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

Honeybees fly at a speed of 13-15 mph.

Even though spiders have eight eyes, they still can't see very well.

A cockroach can live up to 9 days without its head!

 

 

 

 

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