Newly hatched Flame Skimmer!

Yesterday morning on my walk, this beauty caught my eye. Upon further examination I realized, he just hatched! This is the first time I’ve seen a newly hatched dragonfly!

To watch a very short video of one hatching, click here. It is very beautiful.

Based on an article from www.british-dragonflies.org, it takes one to three hours for the entire process.

You can see in the photos below the shell underneath him.

I do wish I had noticed him as I started my walk, I could have seen the changes that occurred while I was there. But I am grateful I didn’t miss him as I was leaving to head home!

This newborn dragonfly will blossom into the colorful flame skimmer (also called firecracker skimmer) below. I took these photos back in 2020 but they show the beautiful fully developed flame skimmer.

Nature is the art of God.
~ Dante Alighieri

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeff Flesch says:

    How cute and lovely. Nature is full of gifts for us, isn’t it? Wishing you a wonderful coming week, Lisa! 😁

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    1. Yes, nature does provide wonderful surprises! Thank you! 😊

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        Indeed. You’re welcome! ☺️

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  2. aussiebirder says:

    What a wonderful experience Lisa to actually see it emerging ! Thanks for the video link also, it is remarkable how the Creation is so intelligently designed. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh yes, I do agree! Thank you! 😊

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  3. Earthwatcher says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing

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  4. Anita says:

    Fantastic pictures Lisa and what an experience!!

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    1. Thank you! And I was able to sound all knowledgeable as I pointed him out to two others with super fancy cameras 😁 I would like to see their photos, actually!

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  5. Naomi says:

    That is an amazing experience for you. I sure like that bright orange color.

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    1. Yes, that is a beautiful dragonfly!

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  6. Pepper says:

    That is so amazing! So glad you noticed it and were able to capture the moment. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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    1. Thank you, Pepper! I am too! Now I’ll be snooping in all the grasses around the water areas, looking for more! 😁

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