Ecdysis - emergence of a dragonfly
Last photograph of the series. After a while, the dragonfly moved out of the exuvia (at the right side), still showing "half-developed" wings. The abdominal region is also "half developed" yet:
Well, one third :)
This final growth or maturation will endure in the days ahead, when the exoskeleton is strong enough to support energy expenditure in search of food, and subsequent in establishing the territory for reproduction. In this kind of environment and under very favorable conditions, this species can live until the end of August, or little more ... little more than thirty days :) Everything I am referring here is based only on direct observation, just one particular species which has a very reduced metamorphosis window over time.
EXIF: Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 M42 | 12mm extension | Handheld
''Onychogomphus uncatus'', the large pincertail or blue-eyed hook-tailed dragonfly, is a species of dragonflies belonging to the family Gomphidae.
This dragonfly is bigger and rarer than the small pincertail. It is present in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.