Ancient rocks forming the Canadian Shield regularly dip their toes into the sparkling water of the Churchill River. These slabs can gently slide into the water providing a wonderful fishing platform or create thick moss and lichen covered ledges from which courageous swimmers leap into the water.
These same rocks after supporting millions of insect moults over their eons of existence decided to treat our group to a most amazing sight where we gazed upon a 10 to 15 minute spectacle of a dragonfly emerging from its split skin and turning into an adult before our eyes.
It began by someone spotting what appeared to be an injured insect struggling on the rocks. It rapidly became apparent that this was a moulting dragonfly that needed all of our attention. As you follow the sequence of pictures you will see the wings evolve from scrunched and folded lifeless wrinkles into fully veined pumped up wings that easily out maneuver a helicopter. Notice that the body is elongating and swelling as well. Just before the Dragonfly left on its maiden flight it released fluid droplets from the anal chamber. An extremely inhuman like head with compound eyes and mosquito crunching mandibles completed the spectacle.