Armed with my youngest daughter, we drove down this morning at 8.45am to Nethergong Campsite where we parked up near the pond. I had the previous night cleaned the plastic tank out so it was all shiny and was ready to try to improve on my images from yesterday. Poppy went off with a net in search of dragonfly larvae and was soon calling me over with some smart damselfly larvae which we put in a small tank. We continued on together for a while catching a few Hawker larvae and I then then spent some photographing them while Poppy continued to try to catch everything that moved. Problems I encountered today were scratch marks on the plastic where I had probably cleaned it to death yesterday which caught the reflection of the sun, pretty much ruining my shots. I moved the sticks back from the glass hoping I could focus past them but then the subject was a little too far away and they looked quite dull. In the mean time I photographed a few larvae in clear pots and it was nice to spent some time trying to work out what we had caught. I caught what I believe are striped Emperor Dragonfly larvae, they were only about 10mm in length and certainly looked quite impressive. Please correct me if I am wrong.
'Striped' Emperor Dragonfly Larvae
I also photographed what are possibly Blue tailed Damselfly larvae, again point me in the right direction if I have misidentified them.
Blue tailed Damselfly Larvae
Before we left I got Poppy to briefly hold the stick with an Emperor Dragonfly larvae on or I hope it is anyway while I took a few shots. All larvae were returned unharmed.
Emperor Dragonfly Larvae
Another interesting session with lots more learnt and a few more techniques tried out, some worked and some didn't but its all part of the learning process. I would appreciate any comments on the id of today's photos should they be incorrect. I also noted a few Migrant Hawker on the wing and a few Common Darter. I might try reading up on raising some larvae at home in a tank, that could be interesting I think!