Emperor dragonfly metamorphosis

Emperor dragonfly metamorphosis

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This image is part of the sequence Animals: Metamorphosis of an Emperor dragonfly

Credit: ANDY HARMER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Image 2 of 7. Emperor dragonfly metamorphosis. Emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator) emerging from its larval skin on a plant stalk, following metamorphosis. Emperor dragonfly larvae (nymphs or naiads) live in ponds for 2-5 years, followed by a period of dormancy when internal body changes take place. The nymph then crawls out of the water, and its skin splits, allowing the adult form (imago) to emerge (seen here). Dragonflies live as adults for a single summer. See images Z300/148 to Z300/154 for a sequence of the dragonfly emerging.

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