After yesterdays awful weather, today dawned quite nice and around 9am, I went out into the garden in the sunshine to see what was happening around the pond. After having a scan of the vegetation, I could see a few Large Red Damselfly nymphs just below the surface and one nymph that was partially out of the water on a stem. I managed to coax it onto on of my potted up stems and then left it for a while to get into position prior to it hopefully emerging. With much lighter winds today and warmer temperatures in the garden, it felt good for an emergence. I stayed back until the nymph had gone through its pre emergence procedure of making sure there was enough room to emerge. This normally involves some thrashing around of the abdomen. I then slowly moved in and moved the pot slightly to the side to get a more clutter free view of the nymph. It was then a case of lay and wait. I had the camera set up on the tripod to make my job easier and after a short wait, I could see the back of the thorax starting to split which was my cue to start firing off shots every now and then. I've seen many emerging and you always hope for the perfect emergence as sometimes, it does go wrong. Sometimes the exuviae falls into the water or swings around the stem which makes emerging awkward and not easy for photos. Sometimes a sudden gust of wind can end it all or the nymph is not completely released during emergence. Thankfully on this occasion, all went well and I was able to lay in the sunny quite warm garden for an hour or so and take a number of photos of this beautiful damselfly emerging. I still find it amazing that an hour before emerging, the nymph was in the water swimming around. Nature sure is amazing. By mid morning, I had my photos and had witnessed another successful emergence and left the damselfly to mature up in the comfort of the vegetation. I'm hopeful that a few more will emerge during the next week as it looks like the temperatures are forecast to slowly rise throughout the week. Whilst this lockdown lark is inevitable, I sure am thankful and appreciative of the wildlife that is to be found in and around the garden.
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)