Emerging dragonfly at 11:08h

Emerging dragonfly at 11:08h

Coming out of the sun for a break, I found myself in the rooms where the Bedfordshire Natural History Society was celebrating its 60th anniversary. There were microscopes to look at captured bugs and information on bats.

Purely by chance, one of the most fascinating exhibits that I came back to over several hours, was a dragonfly just starting to emerge after metamorphosis. This sample was a fortuitious discovery by one of the naturalists on the day. I (and many others) were able to capture this incredible event with our cameras!

Here, the nymph shell has just split and the eyes of the adult dragonfly and part of its back are beginning to emerge. Note the times given on this and following pages.

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