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A dragonfly teneril emerges from its shuck on the Elandspad River in the Western Cape of South Africa. First pulling free of the shuck, then turning into the wind to prevent it being blown away whilst inflating its wings and finally growing larger and larger until it would never fit back into the packet from which it emerged. Over the next day or two it will gain its classical metalic colouration and be a mature adult.


Clear mountain stream headwater.


The emergence of such insects leaves me baffled by the complexity. How does an insect that has known nothing but an aquatic life understand to turn into the wind. Or indeed even know what wind is?

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

"There is grandeur in this view of life, ... that whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." --Charles Darwin

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Amazing!! - Great spot, thank you for sharing :)

CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

fantastic series!

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Drakenstein Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 25, 2011
Submitted on Jan 25, 2012

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