Emerging Dragonflies

Maggie C writes:

On Wednesday 26 June I shared an exciting morning with my neighbour, and fellow member Jill, in her garden watching Southern Hawker dragonflies emerging from their nymph bodies. The nymphs were attached to the plants surrounding Jill’s pond and Jill found 4 on the same day.  They split their skin and popped out as winged adults.  It took about 3 hours to complete the process so Jill very kindly provided tea and cake while we watched and waited.  Luckily it was a sunny morning.  When we watched one dragonfly leave, we weren’t alone.  A sparrow flew down with amazing speed and nearly had the dragonfly but our shouts of alarm scared it off and the dragonfly lived to see another hour or so (perhaps).