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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 &quot;half-developed&quot; wings. The abdominal region is also &quot;half developed&quot; yet:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/33105/onychogomphus_uncatus.html" title="Onychogomphus uncatus"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2527/33105_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=LKc0PQexRB%2FHJRTSiYGH70i41cg%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Onychogomphus uncatus Onychogomphus uncatus, adult male. Onychogomphus uncatus,animalia,anisoptera,biodiversity,gomphidae,insects,odonata" /></a></figure><br />
Well, one third :)<br />
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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.<br />
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EXIF: Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 M42 | 12mm extension | Handheld Blue-eyed hook-tailed dragonfly,Onychogomphus uncatus Click/tap to enlarge

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:

Onychogomphus uncatus Onychogomphus uncatus, adult male. Onychogomphus uncatus,animalia,anisoptera,biodiversity,gomphidae,insects,odonata

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

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''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.

Similar species: Dragonflies And Damselflies
Species identified by RMFelix
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Uploaded Dec 3, 2019. Captured Jul 20, 2019 16:58.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/1.0
  • 1/160s
  • ISO800