I had a little jaunt to Arran in August despite breaking my own rules of never visiting Scotland during midge season!! The midges weren't too bad and it was worth it for some amazing walking and some great wildlife. The video above is of a Golden Ringed dragonfly laying eggs - a fantastic sight and pretty amazing. A female dragonfly can lay hundreds of eggs and it does this over a period of days or weeks.
Having seen the female dragonfly laying eggs when I got home I had a look through some of my old photos of damsels and dragons as I have quite a selection! So lets take a step back from laying eggs. Pictured below is a pair of common blue damselflies mating. I love the heart shape they have formed! The male is actually gripping the back of the female's head with the bottom of his tail....hmmm!
|Common Blue Damselflies mating|
|Black Darter Dragonflies mating|
|Emerald damselflies mating|
|Dragonfly nymph - species unknown|
|Damselfly nymph emerging from its larval skin|
|Dragonfly emerging from larval skin|
|Newly emerged Black Darter before hardening and looking very fragile|
And to finish here are few more of my favourite damsel and dragon photos...I have quite a few as there is something that just draws me to these creatures and I just can't help photographing them. Get out there if you can before the summer is over to see if you can see some of these wonderful creatures!
|Female Four Spotted Chaser|
|Large Red Damselfly|
|Southern Hawker Dragonfly|
|The most amazing eyes ever - male four spotted chaser|
|Golden Ringed Dragonfly|