Friday, June 11, 2010
When I first got there I actually saw two males flying around, but the one in the picture chased the other one away. I thought at the time that the males and the female were really different kinds of dragonflies, but as I explained yesterday, I was able to find out their true identities when I got home.
Anyway, when I got there I saw the female first. The males showed up soon after. If you click to expand the picture above, you can see that the male is much bigger than the female. Maybe kind of odd for the insect world. The males seemed to be harassing the female, because they looked as if they were trying to dive bomb her. The female though seemed to be very interested in this one spot. After the second male left, the first one hovered close by the female as if he was watching her.
Dragonflies look scary sometimes because of their large size, but they're actually our friends. They eat harmful insects, like mosquitoes, and they don't sting. They might bite though, if you try to harm them. So treat these gentle creatures as your friends.
I always thought dragonflies looked like insect helicopters. Notice that the beat of this female's wings are so powerful that they're creating a ripple on the surface of the water. These are some very powerful creatures of the insect kingdom to be able to do something like this. If you ever watch a helicopter over the water it looks very similar. Little helicopters.
Nature Center Magazine has a new Free Wallpaper up today. Go there to find out who was kind enough to contribute this gift for all of us.