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What am I?

By moocow
Hi guys and gals, managed an hour or so out inbetween showers at the local park and came across this little... Well that's just it, this little what. At first I was a little bit, shall we say, jumpy, as I wasn't sure if it would fly off (you know the wing thing). Then I couldn't decide if it actually had any wings, finally I couldn't decide if it was just a shell and something had emerged from it before i turned up. Either way it was massive and I didn't manage to buck up enough courage up to get really close. Hope someone out there can help me identify it i'm intrigued.

Hope you are all having a good weekend, trust it to rain after an unbareable week at work in the baking heat. Still at least it is a little cooler, might actually manage to sleep Smile))

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: skewey, ink_weaver, ChristineL and 38 more

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kenp 10 96 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2009 7:56PM
It's the case from which a dragon fly has emerged!....pity you didn't come across it a little earlier and seen it extricate itself,it's well worth watching!......

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ink_weaver 10 133 England
4 Jul 2009 7:57PM
Could be a dragonfly before its fully transformed. Not sure really though.

4 Jul 2009 8:03PM
4 Jul 2009 8:07PM
Well detailed capture don't no whether it's a dead case or alive one.
4 Jul 2009 8:28PM
A great capture,brilliant detail.

Jean x
lawbert 9 1.8k 15 England
4 Jul 2009 8:41PM
Great capture of the case of the Dragonfly Nymph..Whilst its a Nymph it lives underwater for 2-3 years before emerging to the surface and wrestles itself from its case and becomes a dragonfly...I cant tell you which one this turned into but Dragons really are some impressive insects close up and even though your scared of wings they wont hurt you..They hunt insects and other Dragons and Damselflys in the air....Take a deep breath and watch them one day!!
All the Best
Nice find well taken.
Zonda 7 303 1
4 Jul 2009 9:06PM
This is a guess...Southern Hawker....only an expert can tell you for sure. Nice one.
moocow 7 12 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2009 9:26PM
Thank you, I knew you'd all be able to help me out, especially Paul (Lawbert), thanks for all the information, the world of insects is fascinating. I'm sure in time I will get over my wing phobia I am a lot better than I was Smile
4 Jul 2009 9:57PM
Great capture.
4 Jul 2009 10:10PM
Great close up detail capture, love the detail and the colours.
4 Jul 2009 10:24PM
Great picture - especially when terrified!!
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
4 Jul 2009 11:09PM
Super close up

shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2009 11:55PM
Superb image wow amazing lighting and a very good find and at least we know what it is now very well done
5 Jul 2009 8:10AM
Great close up,
5 Jul 2009 5:11PM
Fantastic detail, a fascinating capture.
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 12:14PM
there or not it is still a fine detailed image

m3lem 10 England
10 Jul 2009 9:17PM
A superb shot, lovely detail captured Liz, hope you manage to sleep
Andrea x
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2009 9:27PM
A super capture.
Zydeco_Joe 10 79 England
10 Jul 2009 9:39PM
It might be empty but its full of quality.
Zydeco Joe
Pegon 11 78 1 England
12 Jul 2009 10:41PM
A cracking shot Liz, even if it is an empty shell. Smile
GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 12:42AM
Well spotted and captured Liz


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