For a couple of years, i have been noticing weird insect swimming insects in the small pond near my house, i wondered what they were, but never had a way to find out, i guessed they were larvea / nymph for something but never was interested enough to do an extensive investigation.
Year to year, i had an impression these insects are getting bigger …
This year to my surprise, they went up the plants in the pond and started metamorphosing !
And this helped me realise finaly that these were dragonflies, and dragonflies may stay in larval stage from 6 month – up to 5 years , depending on the species of dragonfly!
So either, the species in my pond stays a long time in larval stage ( few years)
Or simply the weather conditions were adequate this year, not too hot (around 24-25 celcius) and raining very very often ( at least once every 3 days)
Previous years, at this time of the year, the pond used to be dry or at best having verry little water!
I can’t really determine whether this species takes too long to morph or simply the weather conditions were inadequate.
I imagine such images could be of some scientific importance, so you are free to use them without attribution (won’t mind if you can link to this post though 🙂
I’ll try to take as much photos as possible, ps these photo were not taken same day, the 2 groups of photos have 4-5 days between them.