Southern hawker emerging


I was transfixed to see a southern hawker dragonfly emerging from its nymph. The nymph was one of four that emerged from my garden pond, and I was lucky enough (and retired enough, so I had the time to watch!) to catch the whole emergence process. As you can see, this was early in the process, before it had extracted its abdomen fully and swung upright. The whole thing took in total just over 3 hours.
Taken with a Pentax 100mm macro lens on a Pentax K20D.
Thank you.



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