Tuesday, July 10, 2012
There is some debate over what "it" is. Some feel it is normal molting, some think a skin mite, and others think a feather mite.
All I know for sure is that she can't get much more pathetic looking. And her ears are very noticable, the opening below and behind her eye. She should have her feathers back in a few weeks and look more like her old self in the picture to the left here.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Down below is a Blue Dasher sitting in the "obelisk" position. Some dragonflies point their abdoman directly at the sun to reduce their exposure and potential over-heating.
shadow means less exposure to the sun.
Dragonflies all hold their wings out flat all the time, while damselflies bring their wings together over their backs when at rest.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The color changes in the wings, legs, eyes, jaws, head and thorax. The wings especially will grow enormously after it emerges, as can be seen in the pictures below.
Even at this point the pupae was very active and trying to bite with its jaws. It was difficult to get it to sit still long enough for the pictures.
The day after I took this picture someone brought a male into the nature center. Its photo is below. The big difference between the males and females is very obvious. The pincers on the male are huge, and he can use them effectively, drawing blood from a finger that is not protected when positioning him for a photo shoot!
I think they look like a baby Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars. They are very active squirming around. But remain on their back in the bed of their old skin. Several have made chambers down in the dirt an inch or two. Four came to the surface and molted while laying on the top of the dirt.
Stay tuned for the next stage of this insects life.