While I was attending a macro workshop in Botanical Garden, Howrah, Shibpur, I found this Dragonfly Exuviae. Near a water body I found this Dragonfly Exuviae. At 1ST it looks like zombie insect. But, it is a Dragonfly Exuviae. Exuviae are nothing more than the dried outer casing of a young dragonfly. It is what the insect leaves behind when it ends the aquatic stage of its life cycle and turns into the colourful aerial hunter, we see during the summer months by ponds, lakes and rivers.
This harmless, dead case provides a clue to what has been living underwater for one or in some cases several years, feeding on the larvae of midges and mosquitoes until the day when something spectacular happens.