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The Emergence

The emergence of a dragonfly from its hard like skin is a spectacular event and usually takes half an hour or so.

Freshly emerged dragonflies are ghost-like, with shiny wings and their bodies lacking in pigments. The body and wings harden over the next few hours, during which time they cannot move, so for safety they normally emerge between dusk and dawn.

It can take up to two weeks for a dragonfly to reach sexual maturity, during which time there is a transition to adult coloration.


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