One trip to the meadow brings an abundance of dragonflies. Only one variety, but lots of them.
Where were they all summer? It was like a Black Saddlebags convention today.
You know what is really funny about taking photos? You set out with a subject in mind and of course that is not what you find, but keeping open to option brings something just as nice and unexpected.
I did not set out to photograph insects, I was out looking for birds. I wished I had the macro lens on the camera, but then I would have seen hawks. Just the way it goes sometimes. A macro lens would not get them flying though, so that’s a bonus.
I have to say not seeing many dragonflies all summer, that this was a treat. I bet I walked only ten feet and there was another one perched and clinging. They were deep in the vegetation close to the ground rather than perching high for the hunt. The strong wind kept them low.
An expert can tell their age by the markings on the abdomen. The abdomen has yellow-orange spots on the segments, fading over time the older the dragonfly. If much older, it may not have spots at all.
Males and females look-alike, except for the color of the face. If it is dark in color it is a male and if it is yellow-brown, a female.
The meadow is a great place to hangout.
Cool dragonfly videos from the NWF site…. check ’em out. Really interesting critters.