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!

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