Whilst out and about last weekend at a site near Reculver looking for dragonfly and damselfly nymphs, I really wanted to find a 'stripey' Emperor Dragonfly nymph. I'm not too sure why they seem to be this pattern when they are quite small and perhaps someone can enlighten me on this but when you catch them in the net, they do tend to stand out easily. Maybe under the water in the debris and in among certain water plants and weed, they blend in well? After a number of unsuccessful dips for them, I eventually found a nice stripey Emperor Dragonfly nymph of about 12mm and returned home to take some photos in my indoor tank. After a bit of preparation I was soon sitting in comfort taking a few photos in the conservatory using manual mode, f8 - f11, ISO 400, speed set to 250 and in camera flash used. Being so small, it took a bit of time to settle as it rushed around the tank but with a bit of patience, I was able to get a number of images using some red leaves as a background. With some cold weather forecast for the weekend, I can probably see myself making another visit to catch a few more species to photograph at home in a nice warm environment with food and drink at hand. Yes that sounds very tempting!
'Stripey' Emperor Dragonfly Nymph (12mm)