Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dragonflies at my place...

Two summers ago we had a really good dragonfly year. Last summer was very dry and I didn't see as many as I would have liked. They are such awesome creatures and quite beautifully detailed. They are fun to watch as they have their own little habits and territorial battles! Those of you who might not give a dragonfly a second glance (very few of you who enjoy my blog) take a break next time you see a large bug whiz by, you will be very glad you did!
Female Band-winged Meadowhawk visiting an orange hydraulic jack....maybe she thought it was a very attractive fellow!
White-faced Meadowhawk resting at my pond. This is the exuviae, the discarded skin left after the dragonfly emerges from the water and hits the skys. The Blue Dasher often holds his wings forward when at rest. And sometimes dragonflies also make a tasty treat for the Tree Swallows that live at my pond!!! I hope they don't eat them all!!! Bon Appetit!!!

7 comments:

John Theberge said...

Cool photos. Was the swallowtail feeding the baby a drogonfly?

Eve said...

Hi John! Yes you can see the tail end just about to go down. I did'nt see this until I loaded the pictures on the computer! Looks like a Blue Dasher tail to me!!!! What do you think!!!! ;-)

Mary said...

Great pictures! You've got me hooked on the dragonflies and I'm trying to learn their names :-) I've been staring at my pond for the last 2 days taking pictures. Well, I'm sure that little swallow needs a good dragonfly meal, so I hope there are plenty to go around.

Kathryn and Ari said...

Wow. The detail on those photos is incredible. Thanks!

Roy Norris said...

The first great shots of many, hopefully Eve.

Bird Girl said...

Eve - I just laughed when I saw that swallow shot! How does a baby swallow a big bug? Amazing, isn't it? Maybe they eat cicadas...they can have all of them!!! Nice dragonfly pictures! Don't you wonder how these creatures get out of their skin and it is so perfectly in tact? As if nothing ever lived inside? Wow!

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oooooh, pretty. Incredible detail. Talk about being in the right places at the right times and having your camera ready to boot. Usually this happens to me once in a while, but look at all the amazing shots you got!! Dang, methinks you've got some talent!

Now, draw me a picture of Larry! :-)