I spent an hour out today in gale force winds at a site near Reculver trying to find various species of dragonfly and damselfly to collect and photograph in my indoor tank. I had already prepared the tank for when I returned home and this time, I put in some pre soaked leaves that had gone brown to try to give a more natural colour and backround. At the site I managed to collect a few Emperor Dragonfly with most returned except for a 40mm individual which I thought I would photograph. I also managed to catch lots of damselfly nymphs, mostly Azure Damselfly I think along with a few Common Blue Damselfly. What I was surprised about after looking on the internet was the complete lack of Small Red eyed Damselfly nymphs to be seen and this is also a species I have yet to find as a nymph. After finding out a few identification features for this species which does occur at the site, I checked likely nymphs but drew a blank with this but I hope to at some point be able to find and photograph this seemingly not photographed a lot nymph. I suspect next year a few weeks prior to their emergence will give me the best chance. Back at home and I spent a while in the warm conservatory taking a number of photos of the Emperor Dragonfly nymph. Normally they shoot all around the tank but this individual seemed quite happy to pose on the leaves and gave me some of my best shots of this species to date and a chance to study this large nymph up close. I also photographed a nice 'stripy' Emperor Dragonfly nymph which I shall post later in the week all being well.
Emperor Dragonfly Nymph (40mm)