Growing Damselfly after emerging



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Although I had never post macro pictures overhere it’s what I like most to photograph.

With this new blog I’ll hope to show you some of my macro pictures and I like to start with a serie of a damselfly growing after she emerged her former home. The picture on top of this blog is the result of growing and waiting and emerging and growing again.

I made these pictures on a day that starts very early in the morning because damselflies (and also dragonflies and other kind of flies) are still waiting to get warmed by the sun. So sometime they are just waiting to warm up and sometimes also waiting to dry from dewdrups.

This particular morning I was lucky enough to find a damselfly who just left the water and came out of her former “home” and now has to grow till an adult damselfly. This whole process take place in about 1 hour and during this time they are very vulnerable because they can not do anything, maybe except let themselves fall on the ground.

First the wings start growing. She is really working hard to punp the wings. She is shocking with her whole body. After the wings are grown out to there real size, her body starts growning very fast. At last her body become larger then the wings. She is completely grown up.Al that has to be doen is drying and hardening.

All these pictures are of the same damselfly. The pictures show you how the process takes place.

Just watch and compare with the picture before. It’s a little miracle what is happening. I enjoyed it making them, hope you do enjoy my pictures of it.

The last pictures are from other damselflies but gives a little impression of how sizes are, starting with 2 cm length.

Thanks for looking.

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Tom Smit

Tom Smit

I live in the Netherlands near the German border. I'm working at a IT company in the Netherlands and in my rare sparetime a like to photograph. Mostly Nature and Wildlife, but also landscape. Beside I do some sports- and weddingshoots. Like to do macro the best, because it shows you things you could not imagine that it exists.I also have a weblog (Dutch, but pictures say more then words) on : http://natuurlijkwild.blogspot.nl/Kind regards Tom Smit www.natuurlijkwil.nl

Tom Smit

Tom Smit

I live in the Netherlands near the German border. I'm working at a IT company in the Netherlands and in my rare sparetime a like to photograph. Mostly Nature and Wildlife, but also landscape. Beside I do some sports- and weddingshoots. Like to do macro the best, because it shows you things you could not imagine that it exists.I also have a weblog (Dutch, but pictures say more then words) on : http://natuurlijkwild.blogspot.nl/Kind regards Tom Smit www.natuurlijkwil.nl

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