One of my challenges last year was to try and photograph the emergence of a Banded Demoiselle which after weeks of staying up late and getting up early, I finally succeeded in. Once again this year, I thought I would set up my stream aquarium in the garden which tries to replicate the conditions in a small stream. I have a small pump at one of the ends which provides a small current which the Banded Demoiselle nymphs require and a few clumps of weed either side where they can hide and also hunt. Placed at one end is a few reeds where I hope they will emerge on. I have been checking this most mornings for the past few weeks and haven't seen much action and as I found out last year, this is a difficult species to photograph emerging, hence there are hardly any photos to be seen of this species emerging. To cut a long story short, I noticed a few days ago that one of the nymphs had moved out of the weed and was resting at the base of one of the reeds and as the next day arrived, I could see the nymph with its head well above the water line. This started to get me excited and once again, thoughts entered my mind on having another go at capturing this rarely seen and photographed sight. Last night (Monday), I checked the tank a few times after dark and the nymph was now resting well out of the water. I was sure it was going to attempt to emerge and so prepared the necessary equipment and got set up and comfortable in the garden. It seemed to take ages to settle down and get the grip it required but at 23:45pm, she started to emerge and I was then able to take a number of photos of the emergence. By 00:37am, she had fully emerged and her wings were pumped up. By now I was getting tired so I retired indoors and was soon unknowingly asleep. I had a look this morning where she had already flown to hopefully rest up and mature. These chances are few and far between with this species so I am incredibly pleased to have had another opportunity to capture this rare sight.
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) - Female Emerging