Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Larva Emergence II - Aeshnidae

The Aeshnidae larvae are continuously emerging (almost every night). They do it in the early morning, and it is quite annoying to get up from the cosy bed just wanting to witness this beautiful moment of larval emergence. One of the emergences was not that successful as the newly emerged yet developed dragonfly fell off the casing/exuvia. I picked it up from the floor with a stick so that it could cling on the stick to continue its development. Below is a brief series of the development of this individual (you may notice that the casing/exuvia is absent). The newly developed dragonfly is a female Gynacantha basiguttata.