The birth of a dragonfly
The transition from the larva stage to the adult insect is called “sneaking out” in dragonflies. The photo series below is of the hatching of a Common Curlebore (Gomphus vulgatissimus). Dragonflies live as larva in the water, they are formidable robbers there. After a few molts, they are fully grown and ready to sneak out. For this they leave the water by crawling up on a plant somewhere. When they have found a suitable place, they stay there motionless for a while. Suddenly, the larva skin on the back bursts open and the dragonfly emerges. It is wonderful to see how such a large, colorful dragonfly emerges from such a gray and relatively small larva. The entire process from the tearing of the larva until the dragonfly flies away takes about an hour and a half. Click on the photo below to view the birth from start to finish.