The cobbled, narrow streets of the ancient Guatemalan city of Antigua. As our crew rolled into town in our magic birding bus, I noticed Wandering Gliders, Pantala flavescens, patrolling these lanes, darting through traffic. Wandering Gliders are one of the world's most widely distributed dragonflies, so it wasn't that surprising to see them here.
It didn't take long for the fledgling dragonfly to burst out of its shell - termed an exuvia by this point - and reach the position pictured above. Note the tiny whitish wing buds, barely projecting. The whitish threadlike filaments are termed tracheal tubes, and transport oxygen to the young dragonfly.
Dragonflies, especially this species, are not rare so the transformational event that we just saw isn't rare either. Nonetheless, it was amazing to watch and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity.