Just Emerged

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula newly emerged

Out in the garden this morning, and as always I go to see what’s happening around the pond. I switch on my pump, which has no filter and is open, and helps oxygenate the pond, although I think the oxygenating plants are doing a good job, but the sound and movement of water is always relaxing. And what do I notice? A freshly emerged Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula). drying out in the early morning sun. It’s larval skin which can be seen on the other side of the tube in partial shade, discarded like an old suit. It was lucky it hadn’t gone up in a jet of water when I initially switched the pump on!

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula newly emerged

It must be the main season for emergence as I discovered lots of these freshly emerged damselflies clinging to pond plants with their old larval skins nearby.

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula newly emerged

Below, here is one that was made earlier, and is still reluctant to fly until it gets used to its new life out of the water and living in the air.

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula teneral

Please click on the images for a larger, more detailed view.

Edit: Walter, who runs an excellent blog with some astoundingly detailed photographs of dragonflies has observed that this is a female, as indicated by the prominent ovipositor visible on the ventral side of the tip of her abdomen. You can visit his blog via Walter Sandford’s Photoblog.

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) newly emerged, rear garden pond, Staffordshire, England. May 2017.


13 thoughts on “Just Emerged

  1. Nice find, Pete. It is always a joy to find newly emerged dragonflies and damselflies and to marvel at they undergo. As you undoubtedly noticed, depth of field is a huge challenge. When your subject is so tiny and vulnerable, you don’t want to risk disturbing it.

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    • Thank you very much, Mike πŸ™‚ Yes, very much so a challenge with depth of field. Thankfully as they are just finding their wings, they were quite content to stay put whilst I did my clicking and snapping away.


  2. That shot of the laval skin looks amazing. More like an actual live insect. I suspect you could write a whole blog around your little pond as you have excellent powers of observation and so much happens in and around it.

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    • Thank you very much, Vicki, I appreciate that πŸ™‚ This emergence was all new to me so you can imagine my excitement when I first discovered it happening around my pond.

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    • They are very similar. They both belong to the same insect order Odonata, which is split into two suborders, Zygoptera the damselflies, and Anisoptera, the dragonflies.

      You could say they are born twice. First in water, and then into the air.

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