Taken at Mud Lake, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 May 11
Panasonic DMC-FZ50

The life cycle of a dragonfly larva begins as a nymph and live in the water while they grow and develop into dragonflies. This portion of the dragonfly life cycle can take up to four years to complete.

Dragonfly nymphs live in ponds or marshy areas because the waters are calmer than in a stream or river. Dragonfly nymphs may eat smaller dragonfly nymphs as they develop.

Once the nymph is fully grown, and the weather is right, it will complete the metamorphosis into a dragonfly by crawling out of the water up the stem of a plant. The nymph will shed its skin onto the stem of the plant and will then be a young dragonfly. The skin that the nymph left behind is called the exuvia and you can find the exuvia still stuck to the stem for a long time after the dragonfly has left it.

While I was observing this wonderful transformation today, predators were well aware of what was happening such as muskrats and cedar waxwings.

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  • Mikeinbc1
    Mikeinbc1over 3 years ago

    Very nice, Jeannine!

  • Thank you very much Mike. It was such an interesting day observing them. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • tanmari
    tanmariover 3 years ago

    This is a great shot and a beautiful creature; the whole is very eye-pleasing and a fav for me.

  • Thank you so much tanmari. Your kind words are really appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • Jonathan Bartlett
    Jonathan Bartlettover 3 years ago

    Wow! Awesome work!

  • Thank you so much Jonathan for your comments. Very much appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairheadover 3 years ago

    A beautiful image here..Excellent!

  • Hi Gary, nice to see you. Thank you very much to have taken the time to comment. Very appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenover 3 years ago

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  • This is such an honour Rosehaven. To be placed amongst so many very talented artists and fabulous work, I don’t know what to say other than thank you so very much for this wonderful encouragement. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • samsalt1
    samsalt1over 3 years ago

    That is just wonderful, it has an almost storybook look to it and yet it is obvious the editing has been kept to a mininmum. Works really well !

    Congrats too :o)

  • Thank you so much Stephen for your kind words. You are right about the editing, I only cropped a bit on the top and on the left for composition purposes since I don’t have a macro lens I often end up with parts I don’t want in my picture. Very appreciated! :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 3 years ago

    Nice work!


  • Thank you a whole lot Debra. Hope you are doing well :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature!!! Way to go!

  • Thank you very much Cee for your kind words. Very appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • Chris Lord
    Chris Lordover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, simply amazing shot. Congrats on the feature.

  • Thank you so much Chris for your encouraging comments. Very much appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you so much Justart for your continuous support. So much appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

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