Sunday, June 20, 2010

Red Skimmer Dragonfly

I may use the name Firefly, but my favorite insect is the dragonfly. Skimmer Dragonflies (Family Libellulidae) are strong, fast flyers are are normally seen skimming low over the water's surface. They are carnivores and feed on other insects. Skimmer dragonflies mate in flight and the female will lay her eggs while skimming over the water. They would normally have their wings out horizontally when at rest, so I think this one was trying to hide from me by making himself look smaller.

4 comments:

  1. Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant...

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  2. Nicely done! Great colors there.

    Happy Father's day! Hopefully the Damselfly & sprouts got you a nice camera goodie! (Or something else equally fun.) :-)

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  3. I agree. I think you were scaring him. ;) Cheers!

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  4. What lucky to get such a great shot of it Jonker!! Well done!!

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