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Dragonfly Exoskeleton

Thank you to Phil for sending us in this mesmerising photo of a dragonfly exoskeleton attached to the bottom of a leaf. What a shot!

Phil told us that “Each year damselflies and dragonflies emerge from the bottom of our garden pond, crawl up a leaf to dry off and then to break out of their exoskeleton. This year we were lucky to spot one of these exoskeletons still attached to a leaf.  Although its former occupant had long since flown away, we assume it’s a Southern Hawker as those are the ones we see most often in our garden.”

You can learn all about dragonflies and damselflies over on the Wildlife Trust Website.

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Photo credit: P.Handy