Sunday, 8 July 2012

Dragonflies

Dragonflies are amazing insects. They spend years underwater, and then emerge for one magnificent summer display of aerobatics. They can hover, and then suddenly accelerate off across the sky faster than you would think possible. They can fly backwards and upside down, and can clearly see distant objects with incredibly clarity. Only one predator can catch them in flight (the Hobby bird, which can be found at my nearby lake, Bouldermere).

Special creatures.

Mating is not a pretty sight.

The male secures the female in place.

Hello there.



Dragonflies can be surprisingly un-afraid of people.






Like most flying insects, they need a certain amount of heat to warm the flying muscles.

Perfect dragonfly territory.



Warming the muscles. Waiting for prey.