Emerging Chasers

By: Arjen Drost

Jun 02 2010

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Category: Dragonflies, insects, Macro, Movie

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Aperture:f/6.3
Focal Length:180mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/100 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

the birth of a dragonfly

Besides emerging Bluets we also found several emerging Four-spotted Chasers. We spent some hours with these newly “born” insects. During the process of emerging and the period directly afterwards, when the dragonfly gets his final shape, the dragonflies are very vulnerable. They can’t fly or move and are sitting ducks for all kinds of predators. Normally dragonflies only emerge with good weather. For good reason, as a lot of mistakes happen in bad weather. Due to the bad weather we found several individuals with deformed wings, as you can see in the end of the movie. Fortunately also many that did survive and that would fly away soon into their new habitat, the airspace!

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