When things go wrong

One week after I witnessed the miraculous metamorphosis of an emergent male Common Sanddragon dragonfly (Progomphis obscuris), I was reminded that a lot can go wrong during emergence. Like the old blues standard says…

When things go wrong, go wrong with you
It hurts me too.

An emergent nymph was spotted during a photowalk along Dogue Creek at Wickford Park. The nymph was in the same position hours later, so I’m sad to say the dragonfly was stuck in its exuvia.

Related Resource: Common Sanddragon dragonfly (emergent male), a blog post by Walter Sanford featuring a time-series of photographs documenting the metamorphosis of an emergent male Common Sanddragon dragonfly on 01 June 2016 at Wickford Park.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “When things go wrong”

  1. Maha Katnani Says:

    Couldn’t you have picked it up if it was still alive and cut off the excuvia?

    • waltersanford Says:

      Who do you think I am, Dr. Stick LaPan, world-renowned odonate surgeon? 😉 But seriously, Maha — I think the nymph was dead when I first spotted it. I touched it to see whether its legs moved; no sign of life. I must say it was one of the saddest scenes I’ve ever witnessed — its little face seems to say “Help me!”

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