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, 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. 🙂

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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!


  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!


  6. Pepper says:

    That is so amazing! So glad you noticed it and were able to capture the moment. 😊👏

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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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