1. rq says

    Literally. If I believed in valentine’s day, I’d want a card with that dragonfly heart on it. Super-appropriately naughty!
    You make magical pictures, Charly!

  2. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin points out that, in the days when dragonflies were real dragonflies the size of a T. rex, they pollinated the cheese plants. However, having a T. rex–sized flying beastie bearing down on you is a bit concerning, so some cheese plants learned to run, really fast. In both senses, quick learners and fast sprinters. So we have dragonflies to thank for (most) mobile cheese plants. And also explains why the mobile cheese plants are so skittish and rarely seen…

  3. kestrel says

    Are these dragonflies, or damselflies? Does anyone know? I thought they were damselflies but perhaps I am mistaken! They are very beautiful and as usual, magnificent shots. I know from experience they are very difficult to stalk and photograph.

  4. says

    They’re small dragonflies. I’ve captured them mating, too, and it ain’t easy, as they do it mostly on the wing. I used to get a mass amount of dragons, but then I started feeding birds. You can have one or the other.

  5. rq says

    Damselflies (not damselfies, hee) rest their wings vertically, while dragonflies keep them always horizontal.
    It’s an easy way to separate moths from butterflies, too -- moths rest their wings horizontally, butterflies will rest vertically (unless sunning themselves).

  6. says

    These are very probably damselflies. My apologies for mis-identifying them at first. I got confused w. regard to terminology here, since the individual that I took a shot of separatedly did rest its wings in a sort of ambiguous way -- neither prostrate (draronfly) nor vertical (damslelfly) and that confused me for long enough.

  7. kestrel says

    Thank you, Charly. I know these better from looking at the nymphs in the water… I mostly learned them that way,

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