Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Unexpected Dragonfly

The night I visited Miners Beach, I had an interesting dragonfly discovery.  I took tons of dragonfly photos over the period of a week, but this was one of my favorite finds.  It is a female Kennedy's Emerald (Somatochlora kennedyi) that must have gotten caught off guard when the cold front quickly arrived.  Dragonfly metabolisms slow down considerably when the temperature drops and no sunshine is there to heat their bodies.  They can fly in cooler air, but the sun is crucial.  Both the heat and sunshine went away very quickly, leading to this little lady ending up stranded on the beach.  I moved her to a piece of driftwood away from the water and placed her in a somewhat natural position.  You can see the sand crystals stuck to her body and the water on her wings.  The Kennedy's Emerald is not overly common, but not rare by any means.  Normally, during the day they rarely perch for a photo, so this was a lucky find.

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