Paul Glendinning's Blog: ponderings on mathematics and life in the pond at the bottom of my garden.
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Dragonfly life dragonfly death
I found this wonderfully complete exuvia on a patch of bird's foot trefoil near the pond yesterday. I'm almost certain it was a Libellula Depressa -- possibly the one in difficulties at the edge of the pond, clinging on to some grass stalks but with wings and abdomen dipped in the water. I suspect she got caught in a downpour and then couldn't open her wings. I did move her out of the water, but she died overnight.
One more photo: can anyone identify these eggs? Laid (I think) on an elastic sheet that holds them together. What a beautiful geometric configuration they form!