Brand new "Brown Wolf"

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Hello again!

This is something I dreamed day and night during the winter: An emergency of a Dragonfly, to see it, to photograph it.

13:30 - A larva of a Dragonfly climbs out of water, climbs higher and higher
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13:42 - Looks like something is about to happen
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13:43 - Yep, definitely it´s happening
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13:44 - Green eyes! I wonder what it could be
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13:44 - So hairy, I have thoughts what it could be
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13:46 - Push! Push!
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13:50 - Resting a bit before the final push
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14:01 - Yoink! Out of the skin (exuvia) at last! (I´m sure what it is)
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14:09 - Pump, pump, pump the wings
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14:30 - The wings are getting the final shape and size
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15:13 - And here we have a brand spanking new male "Brown Wolf" (L. quadrimaculata) after his virgin flight resting. He made it! Emergence is the most dangerous moment they meet in their whole life
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Thanks for looking! :smile:
 
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Wow congratts to you. I love to see this happen with my own eyes too. Very nice ducumented. and thanks for sharing.

cheers, Mark
 
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Nice Series

A few questions....

Were you wading at the water's edge? Hand held or tripod for the emergance? Was the emergance close to the water level?

Sorry for all the questions, but sometimes the story getting the pictures is just as fascinating as the shots. I have cruised the banks of ponds looking for something like this but have not found any.

Thanks for posting,

Rob
 
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Thank you all! :smile:


A few questions....

Were you wading at the water's edge? Hand held or tripod for the emergance? Was the emergance close to the water level?

Rob
Hi Rob!

This one was about 1m/3,3ft from the bank of the lake and about 10cm/4in from the water level. It just cought my eye as I was "patrolling" at the bank. I used tripod and I had to shoot these from the "lake side" towards the bank. So, I was crouching in water and there was my tripod too... It´s sometimes quite a sport :biggrin:
 
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Congrats on a great series of images Jukka.

I captured something similar back when I had my FUji S7000 but would love to do it again with my new D200.

Are they know as Brown Wolfs in Finland? Over here that would be a 4 Spotted Chaser.

Cheers

Alex
 
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Incredible and something I have never seen before. Thanks a bunch.
Thanks, Gordon! :smile:

Congrats on a great series of images Jukka.

I captured something similar back when I had my FUji S7000 but would love to do it again with my new D200.

Are they know as Brown Wolfs in Finland? Over here that would be a 4 Spotted Chaser.

Cheers

Alex
Thanks, Alex! :smile:

Yes, they are "Brown wolfs" here... Actually, all our odonata are "Wolf flies" (Sudenkorento), but only 3 Libellulidaes have word "Hukka", an oldish word for wolf in their names...

Hopefully you get your change soon!

j.ankanpaa,

:eek:WOW!!!:eek: Those are great shots! Great color! How long did the overall process take?
Thanks, LC! :smile:

It took about 1h 45min...

Outstanding series, Jukka!
Thanks, Harry! :smile:

So you sat there 1h40min to capture this process? What a patient man you are.
Or just plain crazy! ... crouching in water ...:biggrin:
 
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This one was about 1m/3,3ft from the bank of the lake and about 10cm/4in from the water level. It just cought my eye as I was "patrolling" at the bank. I used tripod and I had to shoot these from the "lake side" towards the bank. So, I was crouching in water and there was my tripod too... It´s sometimes quite a sport :biggrin:
Sometimes you just hope that no-one is watching you!
The photos are well worth your time and trouble. Thank you for showing them to us.

Alan
 
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Wow Jukka.

Now I'm putting my gear up for sale on eBay (just kidding). :biggrin:
It must have been very exciting to follow the process and to wait and see what kind of dragonfly was "born". I have never seen that before.

Really great stuff.

Do I envy you? Absolutely.:wink:
 
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Sometimes you just hope that no-one is watching you!
The photos are well worth your time and trouble. Thank you for showing them to us.

Alan
Thanks, Alan! :smile:

And relieved expressions on peoples faces when they see the cam, so that they don´t have to call the police or an amblulance or start to CPR :biggrin:

Wow Jukka.

Now I'm putting my gear up for sale on eBay (just kidding). :biggrin:
It must have been very exciting to follow the process and to wait and see what kind of dragonfly was "born". I have never seen that before.

Really great stuff.

Do I envy you? Absolutely.:wink:
Tak, Torben! :smile:

Yep, it was very interesting to follow. I have seen many already emerged ones still hanging on exuvias but this was the first one for me to see the whole process... Very fascinaiting indeed!
 
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