emerging damselflies

Since I started looking at dragonflies, I always wanted to see emerging ones. Dragonflies spent most of their life underwater where they are fierce predators. After some time (in some species months, other species years) they leave the water, crawl up some plants (sometimes a few meters away from the water) and break out of their larval skin. I’ve always been amazed that such a beautiful animal can come from such an ugly (though well adapted) larvae.

In this picture you see a freshly emerged Azure Bluet above her excuviae.

ps. my 100th post in my blog!! I hope you like the stories and I can keep this pace up!

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


  • Looking at the shooting data, I was shocked that picture was taken at 2000 ISO. Ah, the powers of the 5DII, right?

    Awesome photo of a rare moment.


  • Thanks for the comment. The iso 2000 was not really intentional. For macro I use live view a lot and I shoot a lot of movies with it. In movie-mode you’ve got auto iso, so sometimes I still have auto iso while taking pictures too…
    But as you can see, without disastrous consequences.


    • Well, it still looks fantastic. What I was saying is how not-grainy it looks for ISO2000. Seriously fantastic.


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