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Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum Another damsel in the process of becoming an adult. It was so tempting to pull the exuvia off the adult and &#039;help&#039; it out. But, ecdysis is an important process and its best to let the insect do the work.<br />
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Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy_-_chromagrion_conditum.html" title="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/115934_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=f4LgVzC1T1GK4FPdTD4u953C8%2FI%3D" width="200" height="128" alt="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum The adult damselfly was just starting to emerge from its nymph stage (look at the thorax - the yellowish bit is the adult coming out).<br />
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Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence. <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Odonata,Spring,United States,Zygoptera,damselfly,ecdysis" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy_-_chromagrion_conditum.html" title="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/115941_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=e9HGVOkf2u66FsnmFMKCiMPPj2k%3D" width="118" height="152" alt="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum This nymph was about to begin ecdysis.<br />
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Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Spring,United States,damselfly,ecdysis,nymph" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy_-_chromagrion_conditum.html" title="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/115940_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=bXowC4BUf93j9M%2F3325WT%2BUcH8k%3D" width="138" height="152" alt="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum Another damsel in the process of becoming an adult. <br />
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Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Odonata,Spring,United States,damselfly,ecdysis" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy_-_chromagrion_conditum.html" title="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/115936_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=VnRCzOY3iPpNndl6K5TCdrP7NLU%3D" width="122" height="152" alt="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum Another damsel in the process of becoming an adult. It was so tempting to pull the exuvia off the adult and &#039;help&#039; it out. But, ecdysis is an important process and its best to let the insect do the work.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Odonata,Spring,United States,damselfly,ecdysis,emergence,exuvia,nymph" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy_-_chromagrion_conditum.html" title="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/115935_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=fkMsMDZU5wMyd2cntL8fsTwpeZs%3D" width="128" height="152" alt="Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum The adult damselfly had just finished emerging from its nymphal stage. The exuvia is right below the adult. Its wings hadn&#039;t extended yet and were so awesome-looking.<br />
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Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Odonata,Spring,United States,damselfly,ecdysis" /></a></figure> Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Odonata,Spring,United States,damselfly,ecdysis,emergence,exuvia,nymph Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum

Another damsel in the process of becoming an adult. It was so tempting to pull the exuvia off the adult and 'help' it out. But, ecdysis is an important process and its best to let the insect do the work.

Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.

Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum The adult damselfly was just starting to emerge from its nymph stage (look at the thorax - the yellowish bit is the adult coming out).<br />
<br />
Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Odonata,Spring,United States,Zygoptera,damselfly,ecdysis

Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum This nymph was about to begin ecdysis.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Spring,United States,damselfly,ecdysis,nymph

Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum Another damsel in the process of becoming an adult. <br />
<br />
Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Odonata,Spring,United States,damselfly,ecdysis

Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum Another damsel in the process of becoming an adult. It was so tempting to pull the exuvia off the adult and 'help' it out. But, ecdysis is an important process and its best to let the insect do the work.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Odonata,Spring,United States,damselfly,ecdysis,emergence,exuvia,nymph

Emerging Damselfy - Chromagrion conditum The adult damselfly had just finished emerging from its nymphal stage. The exuvia is right below the adult. Its wings hadn't extended yet and were so awesome-looking.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Small wooden footbridge in a wetland. This bridge had a bunch of damselflies in different stages of emergence.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115934/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115941/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115940/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115936/emerging_damselfy.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115935/emerging_damselfy.html Aurora Damsel,Chromagrion conditum,Geotagged,Odonata,Spring,United States,damselfly,ecdysis

    comments (16)

  1. Another example of perfect timing, you're on a roll! Love the series. Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks! It was a GREAT hike. I saw so many things. I wanted to wait around for these to emerge completely, but it is a slow process, apparently. I returned to them a couple hours after first seeing them and they had barely moved, lol. Posted one month ago
      1. It's all about perspective, I guess. If you consider what is actually happening, it's quite fast :) Posted one month ago
        1. True. Human lives are much longer than that of a damselfly, yet the damselfly has more patience....at least more than I have. Posted one month ago
          1. I think as revenge the damselfly should witness the delivery of a human child and then after one minute say "well yeah bye, I don't have time for this bullshit!". Posted one month ago
            1. Lol, ouch! Although, the process of childbirth for a human definitely doesn't feel like it's happening fast. It's slow and and feels like it will never end. And, I *assume* is much more painful than a damselfly nymph emerging as an adult. But, I could be wrong since I'm not a damselfly and have not experienced ecdysis. Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
              1. Likewise, I'm not equipped with a breeding machine so wouldn't know either. I imagine it's pretty easy. How else would so many people exist. Posted one month ago
                1. Lol, you're a stinker! 'Pretty easy'! Hmph. So many people exist because making them is fun. Birthing them, not so much. Posted one month ago
                  1. I know, was obviously messing. I think I once read that human birth is one of the most painful and risky ones in the animal kingdom, based on our oversized heads. Posted one month ago
                    1. The head is definitely one of the worst parts. You can take my word for that. Posted one month ago
                      1. And you'd think that this massive head is needed because we are so super smart, ready to go and function immediately. Similar to how a Wildebeest can run 1 minute after birth.

                        But no, babies can't do shit. Or maybe that's all they do.
                        Posted one month ago
                        1. Poop, cry, sleep, barf. Repeat. Oh, and make my heart swell <3. Posted one month ago
                      2. As my crude friend once said when receiving congrats for the birth of his 2nd daughter:

                        "No need to congratulate me, the first 2 years they are completely useless".

                        He was joking. Somewhat.
                        Posted one month ago
                        1. Ha! True, but they start getting cute and entertaining after the first 6ish months. Posted one month ago
  2. I can only agree with Ferdy: Another _fantastic_ series!! Thanks for sharing :o) Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks Arp :) Posted one month ago

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The Aurora Damsel is the only member of its genus. The males are blue on segments 8 and 9 of the abdomen, while on the females those segments are brown and black. Both sexes have yellow on the sides of the thorax.

Similar species: Dragonflies And Damselflies
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded May 31, 2021. Captured May 31, 2021 11:17 in 3280 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
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