Last weekend, I was out after dark checking to see if any Emperor Dragonfly nymphs were emerging from the pond and I could see 2 just under the water clinging on to a reed stem. As it was a mild night, I was confident that they would emerge and this proved to be the case as during the evening, 2 successfully emerged. Rather than sit out all night and watch them, I popped out every 15 minutes and spent a few minutes each time watching the emergence take place. As ever, it was superb watching this transformation take place in front of me and I don't think I can ever tire of seeing this natural spectacle take place. I was up early the next morning and with the sun already shining, I went out side to the pond to see if anything was about. One Emperor Dragonfly had already flown off but the second was still in position and had just opened his wings to dry out. I went and got the camera and after getting into position, I took a number of photos of this fresh individual which slowly warmed up and after a while, took his first flight into the new world. The only evidence left being a perfect exuvia clinging to the reeds. Hopefully he will mature up and have a successful time in helping to reproduce the next generation of Emperor Dragonflies.
'Teneral' Emperor Dragonfly (male)