April 9 and 10, 2003
Below are photos of a newly emerged Blue Dasher from it's larva.
Of course the larva are cute too in my opinion.  I love watching them in the water.
Look how the wings are short and crinkly and the body is transparent.

Below you can see the hole in the last larval skeleton where the dragonfly emerged.

I noticed the little rainbow below after I took the picture.
Appropriate I think for the dragonfly beginning a new phase of life in the sky.

7am the next morning after full transformation overnight:

She/he (not sure since immature looks like adult female) flew off at 7:30am - so beautiful!

All photos Copyright 2003 Jenny Rasmussen.
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