One of the greatest challenges for me is finding and photographing dragonflies. They are really fast! They also seem to be a bit camera shy. I've discovered the focus on my camera isn't fast enough to get them in flight, but I did manage to get a few when they landed.
Like a WW1 Biplane]()
Dragonflies are really quite incredible to watch. Their double wings make them incredible agile and even allow them to hover in place. I've heard from a few sources now that dragonflies are one of the most efficient predators on Earth, able to capture something like 98% of the prey they pursue.
You would think being a bright red bug would make you a target. This one was landing on the tops of tall reeds in clear view so, apparently, they aren't too concerned about becoming food.
Scourge of the Skeeters]()
This one kept zooming off and coming back within a couple seconds, having captured another mosquito or gnat. Proficient killing machines, indeed!
While looking for them, I initially came across the damselflies. These are similar in appearance to dragonflies and are closely related, However, instead of the double wing, they have a single pair of wings. I don't know how effective damselflies are at catching prey, but they certainly seem less maneuverable and are unable to hoover. They're still fascinating to look at, though!
There were actually quite a few damselflies. I wouldn't have been able to get close enough with a macro lens, though. They're a bit skittish. Fortunately, they're also rather large, so the 70-200mm lens was perfect for them and the dragonflies both.
Not In Distress]()
The jewel-wings are black, but reflect an iridescent bluish color in direct sunlight. Why can't I get a car that color?!
I'm using Steempeak to schedule this post for Monday morning. I would normally manually post, but will be driving into the heart of Wisconsin for an interview!
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