Flame Skimmer Dragonfly – Camera Critters #26

by Larry Jordan on October 4, 2008

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly photo by Brigitte Jordan

This was taken at our pond as this dragonfly just emerged out of its naiad (nymph) stage the day before.

The Nymph’s Final Moult Into An Adult

According to Wikipedia, these larger dragonflies can live underwater in the nymph stage for 5 years!  Many of them later become bird food.  Many more great critter photos at Camera Critters

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Cathy October 4, 2008 at 11:52 am

Fabulous photos, Larry!


Carletta October 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Fantastic images dull of clear crisp detail!

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Carletta October 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I was pretty sure I had been here when I saw your comment on mine but I came to make sure. Glad I did- it should be
FULL of clear crisp detail.

So glad you visited.

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Amber Coakley October 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Hi Larry.This is so cool to see a dragonfly in this stage. I love to watch the dragonflies at my frog pond, but have never seen this state. Maybe I haven’t been looking closely enough? I have also seen many of the nymphs as I occasionally have to skim out the string algae. I always look for the nymphs and make sure I put them back! Thanks for sharing this!

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Anna October 4, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Beautiful pictures! I never knew the dragonflies could live underwater in the nymph stage for so long. Thanks for sharing.

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marie October 4, 2008 at 8:21 pm

wow, these are great photos!

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Larry October 4, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Amber – I do the same thing. If you look closely in the early summer, when you first start seeing the dragonflies, you should be able to find them right around the pond.

Anna – I didn’t know that either until I researched it! Isn’t this a great way to learn?

Marie – Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Brigitte thanks you too 😉


Reader Wil October 5, 2008 at 5:45 am

This is interesting to see how a dragonfly developes from nymph into an adult insect. The photos are very good!

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Heather October 5, 2008 at 6:38 am

That is very cool. I have never seen the Nymph stage before.

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Larry October 5, 2008 at 6:51 am

Wil – Thanks… The crocodile photos are awesome!

Heather – Thanks for stopping by. We see the nymphs all over the place in the pond in all different stages. Pretty cool!


babooshka October 5, 2008 at 8:27 am

Absolutley amazing macros.



Larry October 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Hi Babooshka, Thanks for the comment. I loved your Moddey Doo!


Lisa's Chaos October 5, 2008 at 4:09 pm

How exciting to see the fellow emerge! I didn’t know their name but have seen some through the summer. 🙂 Fun series (can two be a series?) 🙂

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Thomas October 7, 2008 at 6:58 am

The 2nd image is just incredible

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Larry October 7, 2008 at 8:32 am

Hi Lisa, I think you can call two a series! You have a beautiful blog there too!

Hi, Thomas, Thanks for the comment and thanks for stopping by! I love your photographic trip through India!


Misty Dawn October 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm

WOW! These are truly fantastic photos! This is really awesome!

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Larry October 7, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Hi Misty, Thank you very much and thanks for the great meme!


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