Teneral Dragonfly

When a new dragonfly emerges from it’s exoskeleton (called exuvia once it is completely out), it is pale in color and the wings are almost transparent. It takes about another week away from the pond before it matures into its coloring. In this stage they are called Teneral (soft) and after a few days they harden up and take on the coloring of an adult dragonfly. We saw this one in an evergreen tree near the pond early in the morning. It was in a shadowy area against the darker green of the evergreen. After a few photos we left it alone.  I am wondering what kind of dragonfly it is. We couldn’t tell from the coloring and shape we saw in the Teneral phase. I have seen Blue dashers, Green Darners, Common Whitetails and Twelve-spotted Skimmers laying eggs in the pond.

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Teneral Dragonfly. Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 IS Macro, f/8, 1/60 sec., -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 800, Built in Flash

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Teneral Dragonfly. Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 IS Macro, f/8, 1/60 sec., -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 800, Built in Flash

 

_MG_7056 Teneral Dragonfly v2

Teneral Dragonfly. Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 IS Macro, f/8, 1/60 sec., -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 800, Built-in Flash.

_MG_7056 Teneral Dragonfly v1

Teneral Dragonfly. Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 IS Macro, f/8, 1/60 sec., -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 800, Built-in Flash.

 

_MG_6990 Teneral Dragonfly v2

Teneral Dragonfly. Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 IS Macro, f/2.8, 1/160 sec., -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 800, Available light, handheld.

_MG_6976 Teneral Dragonfly v4

Teneral Dragonfly. Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 IS Macro, f/2.8, 1/200 sec., -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 800, Available light, handheld.

 

 

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