Friday, 30 October 2015

The Hairy Dragonfly Nymph

I made a visit yesterday over to Nethergong campsite to see if I could find any dragonfly and damselfly nymphs and I was hoping for one species in particular, the Hairy Dragonfly nymph. I spent about and hour walking around where I found c20 Damselfly nymphs, most Azure Damselfly I think and also 1 probable Broad bodied Chaser nymph. After countless dips with the net I finally caught my prize which I nearly missed in the weed in the net. Unlike some other species which are clearly noticeable and move around, the Hairy Dragonfly nymph says still and folds its legs under its body and can look just like a bit of wood. Thankfully I noticed it and with permission of the owners, I brought the nymph home for a photo session in the tank. Having cleaned the tanks out a few days earlier and prepared some water, I spent some time this afternoon photographing the nymph with various settings and varying degrees of success. I used manual mode with the speed set to 250, ISO 400 and f8-f16 with camera flash used. The results are quite pleasing but hopefully throughout the winter, I can sort the backgrounds out and capture a few species in the tank. I do like the idea of not having to go out to photograph this event and with the added bonus of warm drinks available, this make for a pleasant setting. Its always nice to watch and photograph events that we do not ordinarily see in the wild and try to learn something on their identification and behaviour. The Hairy Dragonfly nymph was returned unharmed to continue its journey into becoming a dragonfly.  








Hairy Dragonfly Nymph

20 comments:

  1. Are they hairs on the Nymph Marc, or pieces of weed ? Interesting if they are hairs :-)

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    1. Small pieces of weed Warren. If I was fussy, I would have tried to remove them!! Not the best looking chap, but nice to watch under the water.

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    2. Ah! I thought it would be too easy an id aid to have hairy dragonfly nymphs as being hairy!

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  2. Incredible to see, Marc! Brilliant photos too - not sure I could pick a favourite - all fascinating! I like the sound of indoor nature projects through the winter ;o)

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    1. Thanks Lucy. Certainly helps pass the long winter months away.

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  3. It's certainly a scary looking creature Marc - great photos

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    1. Thanks Derek. Not blessed with stunning features but in a nice way, a remarkable insect.

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  4. Great lighting on these Marc. Really shows the nymph off well.

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    1. Thanks Bob. Still work to do I think but quite happy with the detail in these.

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  5. Fabulous images, Marc, of something that most of us will never get to see! Thank you!

    With best wishes - - Richard

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    1. Many thanks Richard, much appreciated.

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  6. Wow, the nymph is forever, Marc, another great one.

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  7. Hello Marc, this is fancinating thank you for giving us a view of these most interesting creature.
    Regards,
    Roos

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  8. You never stop amazing me,these are superb,macro at it's very best.
    John.

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  9. Great stuff, a species Im yet to photograph!

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