Metamorphosis

dragonfly larvae

Waterbug

The other morning I found a really cool bug on the dock. It had just crawled out of the lake. I knew what it was and found a big jar to capture the waterbug.

emerging dragonfly

emerging dragonfly

I went to work and forgot about it for a couple hours. Pretty soon there was a huge dragonfly metamorphosing. I had waited too long before checking on it and I found to my surprise that the process was almost complete.

dragonfly + pupae

dragonfly emerging from pupae stage

I couldn’t believe that the huge dragonfly had emerged from the small pupae.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

After a couple more hours in the big jar that was holding him captive, he was fully developed. And really kind of pretty. I turned the jar onto its’┬áside and the dragonfly flew to freedom without any harm being done.

 

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