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Thread: Taking to the air(lots of pics)

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    I spent(wasted...lol) maybe half an hour firing these shots this morning. The story behind it is that this morning I spotted a damselfly larvae crawling out of one of my fishtanks this morning. I had an idea of what was going on, so took it to my room intent on taking pictures. I tried to get it to grasp onto a line in my room...but it was too rigid already. While I was holding it in my fingers in the sun, the bulging skin split and the damsel emerged. I got it to climb up onto the string which draws the drapes. I feel kinda bad that I wasn't able to shoot the molting of the stage when the wing buds just started inflating...it all happened to fast! The first 10 or so pictures were taken around 8 seconds apart from each other(fast the camera could focus, shoot, and the "reload". Due to the green color, I believe this is a female. Others which flew over the pond the damsel came from were black and blue. I think being in a dark aquarium may have delayed her a few days. If I find another larvae, I hope to get a complete sequence. Not a natural setting, but still gives you an how it works. Just pretend the damselfly has just burst from there skin and crawled a few inches up a reed in a pond... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] Enjoy!


    The wingbuds are just starting to fill with fluid.


    As more fluid is pumped in, the buds lengthen at a rapid rate. At this stage, I could observe the fluid pumping in the abdomen like an water bubble.


    The wing buds continue to grow. The abdomen is also lengthening.




    Halfway, perhaps?

    Still going strong!


    Almost fully opened.


    Just the tips left...
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    Cool pictures,thats really neat.


    Jerry

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    Wings are now fully opened.


    Abdomen is lengthening too. By this time, I felt the lighting for the first set of photos was too bright(they appeared to be blurry in the small imageview) so I persuaded the critter to hop onto my hand, and used it to block off some light.


    Growing longer.


    Longer than the wings now.




    A drop of fluid at the end of the abdomen. I think it was probably the same stuff used to pump up the wings.




    Everything is almost pumped up. The creature still looks like a clear piece of cellophane...
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    Does it look ready to fly yet?


    Starting to darken just a tad...



    Got tired of trying to focus on my hand...put the critter on my bed and continued. See the color coming in?


    The color darkened quickly when the damselfly crawled towards the sun.


    But is still a little faint.


    The white tips on the wings"Darkened" in within a few seconds.


    At this point the damselfly attempted to "unstick" its wings. The right pair came apart...the left still remained stuck.


    Finally, all four wings were able to move independently. I took it outside...and just before I released into the air I took this shot.
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

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    Thats amazing [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

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    Wow! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]
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    Cool whip!

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