The World of Dragonflies
Skimming all throughout the wetlands of the world are the gorgeous dragonflies. They adorn the lakes, ponds, rivers and swamps with their vibrant greens and blues. In the heat of the day, when most of the birds hide and the alligators sink in the cooler waters, the dragonflies are constantly buzzing about.
If your camera’s auto-focus is worthy, and your skill at tracking fast moving critters is even more worthy, you just might catch a flight shot. Not me… for now, I’m happy to get a photograph if one stays on a perch long enough!
Despite their innocent looks, and harmless alighting upon an extended finger, dragonflies are voracious carnivores! In fact, their insectivorous habits gave them the name odonata, which is Greek for “toothed”. And I suppose cannibalism isn’t out of the question, as I have once sat and watched a darner devouring another dragonfly head first. The book Strange Lives of Familiar Insects claims a dragonfly can ingest their own body weight in 30 minutes. That's an appetite!
But in a dog-eat-dog world, sometimes the predator can become prey...
Photo credits: William Wise.
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