With temperatures in the past week reaching up to nearly 20 degrees celsius in east Kent, it was no surprise that a few Large Red Damselfly nymphs looked likely to emerge. A check of the pond most evenings have seen a number starting to take in air and with warm temperatures again today, I spent a good part of the day looking over the pond for any nymphs to emerge and my luck was rewarded when at 11.30am, a Large Red Damselfly nymph made its way up one of the stems I had provided. I already had the camera and tripod ready and settled down into a comfortable position to hopefully capture the whole emergence. The nymph took some time to settle down which gave me the opportunity to practice a few shots and move my pot of reeds nicely into the background to provide a natural colour to the shots. I then spent the best part of 4 hours taking a number of photos of the emergence and also making time to sit back and marvel at this miracle of nature in action. I had the odd break at times for drinks and lunch and returned every now and then to take a few more photos. I ended up with a very pleasing set of photos to start the season off and hopefully will have a few more opportunities with this species, ideally one with its caudal lamellae still attached would be nice. With a few weeks off work now and fingers crossed for some nice weather, hopefully the camera will be kept busy as the 2017 season gets under way.
Emerging Large Red Damselfly (female)