26 December 2011 at 10:50 am
What a beautiful photograph. Life is tough for little guys like that! Hang in there!
26 December 2011 at 10:51 am
Which makes me realize that’s a better “hang in there” image than those kitsch posters with a car or a chimp.
Glen Davidson says
26 December 2011 at 11:01 am
I whip my wings back and forth.
Dick the Damned says
26 December 2011 at 11:11 am
Is the dragonfly trying to throttle a stick insect?
26 December 2011 at 11:21 am
What a fantastic shot!
26 December 2011 at 12:02 pm
Definitely award winning.
26 December 2011 at 1:43 pm
It’s like he’s standing in a tiny meteor shower. I’m glad to be big.
Marcus Ranum says
26 December 2011 at 1:46 pm
There’s an awesome movie (I’m forgetting it’s name, now) about life in a pasture or meadow – something like that – which has this awesome scene where it starts raining hard and you see all the bugs getting slammed around by these giant car-sized globs of water… It’s not one of the Attenborough films, I don’t think, but it’s comparably good.
26 December 2011 at 2:03 pm
Looks like Occupy Twig to me :-)
26 December 2011 at 2:16 pm
Marcus, i saw that too. The dragonfly was described as the ruthless killer of all insects that got in its way. It was very good natural history, as you say, on a par with DA.
That’s why i tried to make a joke of it throttling a stick insect.
Markita Lynda, happy Winter Solstice, everyone! says
26 December 2011 at 2:17 pm
I wonder where that is–I never see dragonflies with orange wings.
26 December 2011 at 2:18 pm
It eats to live: why should it have sympathy for its mosquito meals?
26 December 2011 at 2:23 pm
Especially, why should we?
Not that the mosquito “should” have sympathy for us, either, but even parasites likely view their own parasites as loathsome (at least reasonably smart ones, like vampire bats).
26 December 2011 at 2:27 pm
Ah, the movie I was referring to is “Microcosmos” — I highly recommend it.
26 December 2011 at 2:30 pm
There’s an awesome movie (I’m forgetting it’s name, now) about life in a pasture or meadow
26 December 2011 at 2:32 pm
Ah, too late, I see.
Fine movie, though. I particularly liked the dung beetle sequence.
26 December 2011 at 2:55 pm
Well aright. Sun-showers are the only way Im aware of to get this shot. I’m amazed/skeptical that the rain was so dense. Personally I would have staged this on a sunny day with a sprinkler ;)
26 December 2011 at 9:39 pm
Hold on Marge, it’s just a brief shower!! Marge????…….