The Emperors

Now it is the turn of the Emperors to emerge from the pond:

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An emerged Emperor with wings not fully straightened

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These are Britain’s largest dragonfly, highly territorial and catching flying insects on the wing and a notable coloniser of new ponds.  Everything I have looked at about them say that the larvae are two years in the water, but clearly this is not true, or not always true, because this pond was only dug last year. There are upwards of 15 larvae, most now emptied attached to the reeds around the pond:

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In the process of emerging.
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An empty case, 54mm long

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