During the Christmas holidays and with the weather mild, I had an hour or so checking my garden pond to see if I could locate any dragonfly or damselfly nymphs. I soon caught a few Azure Damselfly nymphs but was most pleased when checking the net on one occasion to see a Hairy Dragonfly nymph hiding in there. I introduced a couple of this species into the pond last October and hoped they would grow and hopefully emerge this May where I aim to hopefully capture the emergence in a sequence of shots. This dragonfly symbolizes the beginning of the season for me and is one of my targets to photograph as it adult life begins. I decided to not waste the opportunity and take a few photos of the near fully grown nymph in my indoor tank. With leaves already soaked and ready to go and water already in the tank, I spent an hour in the warm conservatory taking a number of pleasing photos. Settings used for this session were manual mode, ISO 400, speed set to 250, f11-f16 and in camera flash. After finishing it was just nice to sit back and watch the nymph and take in some of the fabulous detail they have to offer. The nymph was returned back to the water where hopefully it will spend the next few months and fingers crossed, we may be reunited in mid/late May where I can watch and photograph the emergence.
Hairy Dragonfly Nymph