Last summer we were delighted when our newly made pond brought in damselflies and dragonflies. One of the most engaging was the Broad-bodied Chaser. He had read the book which said “He regularly returns to the same perch after swift flights out across the water” as that is exactly what he did – adopting a horizontal twig on a hazel stump from which he did regular patrols round the pond.
His residency must have included a successful relationship as today a nymph crawled from the water, for some reason traversed a meter or so of grass, before choosing a stalk for its metamorphosis.
Very slowly its wings began to expand
In this vulnerable state the colour and shape of the wings blended with the surrounding grass stems
and from above, while its head was spectacular in colour and shape, it was also very similar to the surrounding Meadow Buttercup buds
It took about an hour and a half to prepare – no movement was apparent but its shape and colour were constantly changing
Eventually her (this is a female) wings parted slightly
before suddenly flicking open to full spread
Then it was off, leaving the empty exuvia still clinging to the grass