Gone Full Cycle

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula mating

From the female I observed last June laying eggs in my garden pond, to the hatched larvae which lived beneath the still water, to their emergence in spring as adults, and now they have gone a full cycle. Here we have a mating pair ofย  the Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), ensuring the perpetuation of the species.

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula mating

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula mating

 


Garden pond, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

10 thoughts on “Gone Full Cycle

  1. Wondering if it is cruel to separate the one female everytime you get to work with you camera?

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    1. I am not sure what you mean, but no female is separated. The images of these damselflies are as I discover them.

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      1. Pardon my language bar. I wanted to know how do you identify the same female everytime you pick up the camera?

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      2. That is fine, and thank you for your interest ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot identify whether it is the same female or not, but just that they are female through visual examination. There are probably many females and males.

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn ๐Ÿ™‚ It has been fabulous to have them return, and perhaps after mating, the egg laying will commence for the next generation.

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