Damselfly metamorphosis serise

I had the pleasure of watching most of the metamorphosis of this Damselfly. While I missed it climbing out of its exoskeleton, its size in the first shot, shows that I didn’t miss the exit by much. Having it doing this on a lily pad close to shore let me get nicely detailed views. Each images is stack of 3 to 7 images to get the damsel fully in focus. I did change position during the series to get a better view.

Look how the wings have grown in 16 minutes.

Full wing development is shown here about 21 minutes after my first view, with its abdomen just starting to lengthen.

This final view shows its abdomen fully inflated, 31 minutes after my first shot. It did hang around for a while hardening it’s wings before flying off.