When I looked out the window the other day, I spotted this reddish-orange dragonfly sunbathing on a poppy seedpod. I grabbed my camera and quickly went outside in hopes of taking a few pictures of this incredible flying machine.
The dragonfly however, did not cooperate for several days. I’d slowly and quietly try to sneak up on it only to have it dash off in a hurry. It would then land somewhere else and resume sunbathing until I was close again.
We did this back and forth dance for several days and I was almost ready to give up! Then on Saturday I saw the dragonfly resting again on the poppy seedpod. Outside I went, and wouldn’t you know it, the space alien like beast stayed put!! And posed for nearly an hour.
It didn’t just rest, but also showed off its arial prowess by taking wing. Hovering, darting, coasting, circling around my head and then landing again on the seedpod. What a sight!
Until this up close & personal encounter I had never really noticed all the interesting details about this fascinating insect. They are incredible flyers, catch their prey in midair and always look so graceful zipping past me in the garden.
Do you have dragonflies where you live?