Wednesday, August 12, 2009

ABC Wednesday: D is for Dragonfly

By last count, Taiwan has 152 species of dragonflies. Here is a male red-bellied skimmer (Orthetrum pruinosum neglectum), Central Indian subspecies. It just happened to land on the shoulder of a friend. On close up, it was devouring a bee. What a food chain!

It is a male Formosan jewelwing (Matrona cyanoptera). It is one of the longest dragonfly with green metallic body and blue wings. You can click the photo to see the details on its legs.

This is a red percher (neurothemis ramburii ramburii). Notice the tips of its wings are transparent.

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16 comments:

photowannabe said...

I had no idea there were so many species of dragonflies.
Creative capture of the dragonfly dinner on your friends shoulder.

Sylvia K said...

Like photowannabe, I had no idea there were so many different kinds of dragonflies! Terrific shots!

Enjoy!
Sylvia

Irene Toh said...

Intricate details of a dragonfly. Really nice capture.

James said...

Dragon flies look so cool. Great idea for "D"

sslord53 said...

I usually take off when I see them but these are really beautiful aren't they?

Tumblewords: said...

Great capture of a dragonfly's dinner. Neat post...

uncleawang said...

Perfect close-up shot of D-Dragonflies:)Thanks for sharing.

ArneA said...

I have chosen a different dragon. Nice shots

Reader Wil said...

How clever you are to tell all those dragonflies apart and even know the gender! The second dragonfly is my favourite! I love that metallic green colour. Thanks for sharing.

Babooshka said...

Absolutely gorgeous images, especially the blue one. So delicate.

RuneE said...

I'm impressed at that fist on (especially). You must have glued it tu the finger!

Paula Scott said...

Wow. A lot of people posted dragonflies and I love every single one! Like a dragonfly-fest! Great images!

Roger Owen Green said...

Paula Scott: "Like a dragonfly-fest!" A good one, that. Yes, great images!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Dragonflies and damselflies are such interesting creatures. It has been so cold here this summer that they are only now emerging.

Jay said...

I love dragonflies! You have some neat pictures of them, too.

So the wings are stronger than they look, if you can hold them like that? I've never seen one with solid red wings, either!

Amit Varde said...

Awesome photos and great detail.
Wonder how the friend felt after knowing his shoulder was a dinner table :)

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