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Moulting Dragonfly

By melvynyeo
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Though common, this is my first time seeing a moulting dragonfly :) Taken at night in Singapore.

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Female dragonflies lay eggs in or near water, often on floating or emergent plants. When laying eggs, some species will submerge themselves completely in order to lay their eggs on a good surface. The eggs then hatch into naiads. Most of a dragonfly's life is spent in the naiad form, beneath the water's surface, using extendable jaws to catch other invertebrates (often mosquito larvae) or even vertebrates such as tadpoles and fish.[4] They breathe through gills in their rectum, and can rapidly propel themselves by suddenly expelling water through the anus.[5] Some naiads even hunt on land,[6] an aptitude that could easily have been more common in ancient times when terrestrial predators were clumsier.

The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. In smaller species, this stage may last between two months and three years. When the naiad is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant. Exposure to air causes the naiad to begin breathing. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its larval skin, pumps up its wings, and flies off to feed on midges and flies. In flight the adult dragonfly can propel itself in six directions; upward, downward, forward, back, and side to side.[7] The adult stage of larger species of dragonfly can last as long as five or six months.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Focal Length
100 mm
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Date Taken
Apr 5, 2014, 1:54:31 AM
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ianessom Digital Artist
like a film
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super cool 
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:wow:   WOW!   :wow:
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moreMDMHobbyist General Artist
Great shot!   My pleasure...
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wow; amazing find & nice photo!
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IllirikHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful capture, especially for a night photo. Great work!
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Beautiful shot!!
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I've never seen anything like that!!
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OgoneseStudent General Artist
I really appreciate seeing a fellow science oriented photographer on here, awesome, really awesome capture( I'm saying this even though insects gross me out)!
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so cool!
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this is just fantastic... congrats!
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So gorgeus picture! <3 good job!
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