Dragonfly larvae hatching from eggs

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svalley
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Dragonfly larvae hatching from eggs

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Anax junius nymph or larvae just hatched. The eye-spot and some internal structure is visible on the un-hatched egg.

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Nymphs 1 day old.

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Nymph 1 week old. The main trunks of the trachea are visible, leading from the internal gills to the head.

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Shot with a B&L compound scope at 50x, Nikon F3, Kodachrome 64. I do not have a darkfield condenser, so I used a front surface mirror, off axis, and an electronic flash. Primitive, but it worked. I used photoshop to clean up the background.
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Post by rjlittlefield »

Primitive, but it worked.
I'd say it worked quite well. These are very interesting pictures. I've seen a lot of insects hatching, but never a dragonfly. That's a great side view of the mask in the freshly hatched nymph.

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Post by svalley »

Thanks Rik, I would really love to have a top of the line microscope with all the wonderful optic and lighting options, like some of the people posting here have. All I have to do is win the lottery, LOL. Equipment may not make the photographer, but it define the limits.
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Post by Ken Ramos »

If I were a trout I would say it's dinner time. Never seen this before, quite an intesting group of shots. :D

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Post by beetleman »

I have never seen dragonfly eggs for that matter :shock: Great captures Steve
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