It hatches fully in nature
To be part of a birth is fantastic and to be able to document it is even more fantastic. Today it was my turn to get this benefit and document when a golden dragonfly came into the world 😱 I went to take pictures of dragonflies and after a while I discovered a small nymph that clung to a reed. I quickly rigged the camera because in this nice spring weather, a "birth" can go quickly and you do not want to miss an opportunity like this. After only a few minutes, the nymph began to have a bulge on its back. A second later, a hole burst in the back and a dragonfly's head came out. It's not without my understanding where you got the inspiration for the movie Aliens because it looks pretty monstrous. The head grows slowly and the dragonfly slowly begins to bother the body. The legs sputter and you see how the dragonfly grows as it works its way out of the nymph. It pauses in its attempts to get out as it grows further. The wings have been shown solely to give a sense of proportion. Finally, the dragonfly swings and gets the back end out of the nymph and it is finally out. It sits opposite the now empty nymph shell. It's not quite ready to fly away yet. The tail is still a little crooked after being inside the narrow shell but it straightens. You can see how the dragonfly "pumps up" and grows to its full size. The color of it slowly changes from its pale baby pink color to a beautiful shiny green metallic. After the dragonfly has been sitting on its straw for a while, it is time for it to try its wings that have dried in the sun .. It flutters with them a little while it remains on the straw and right as it is, it lifts and flies away. An empty shell of the nymph remains on the straw. Maybe not the coolest birth you can be part of but an experience to see. It is difficult to imagine that such a beautiful creature as the golden dragonfly is inside a nymph.