Whilst out yesterday photographing an emerging Common Darter and Black tailed Skimmer I started looking through the reeds for any exuvia, the larval case the dragonfly leaves behind after emerging. It wasn't long until I noticed a large exuvia clinging on to the reeds so with care, I was able to remove it and have a good look. By it size, 5cm in length I could see it was an Emperor Dragonfly exuvia and how impressive it is. The detail is amazing and even more impressive that such a big dragonfly emerges from only a small area on the thorax, pumps up its body in size and then leaves a complete case behind. There is a lot I have to learn about these fascinating insects, not only seeing and photographing the adults but the life they lead under the water for a few years in some case. I will post some shots later in the week of the Common Darter and Black tailed Skimmer exuvia.
Emperor Dragonfly Exuvia