Just a quick tutorial on damselflies vs. dragonflies: the latter are often larger and usually perch with their wings stretched out perpendicular to their bodies; the former tend to be small and fold their wings against their bodies.
The aquatic larvae climb out of the water when they’re ready to moult. After they’ve slipped out of their exuviae, they are soft and extremely fragile as their new exoskeleton hardens. They (like all arthropods) are called tenerals at this stage (I think this is a lovely word). There are hordes of damselfly tenerals on my enclosures right now. Damselflies are extremely hard to identify to species, especially the tenerals and adult females. In some genera, only examination of the genitals under a microscope can tell them apart.
You may notice from the picture above that the weather gods have smiled on me, and the forecast of rain all week was wrong! Tomorrow, however, doesn’t look promising.
In other insect news, I’ve realized that the ponds contain both backswimmers and waterboatmen (which look similar but swim right-side-up).
The first adult dragonfly also emerged this week; more on them later when they’re more abundant.