Why oh why must human beings feel the need to kill something in order to understand something?
Once out of the water and secured to a rock or plant, the nymph expands its thorax, causing the exoskeleton to split open. Slowly, the adult emerges from the cast skin (called the exuvia) and begins to expand its wings, a process that may take an hour to complete. The new adult will be weak and pale initially and only have limited flying ability. This is called a teneral adult. Teneral adults are more vulnerable to predators, as they have softer bodies and weaker muscles.
Within a few days, the dragonfly or damselfly usually exhibits its full adult colors and gains the strong flying ability that is characteristic of odonates. Having reached sexual maturity, this new generation will start searching for mates and begin the life cycle again.
Tomorrow looks like a better day for take off.
This is why we garden and build ponds.I finished my pond on my allotment 8 days ago and added three starter plants on the Friday and on Sunday had 2 bright blue dragonflies buzzing about with another smaller one attacking them both.What is the saying........Build it and they will come !Someone said during this current situation that I was very " LUCKY " to have an allotment.No....I deserve the plot as i have bashed it about and cared for my bit of The Earth for 8 years now.