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I was thrilled to capture my very first dragonfly, they colours are truly amazing especially when the sunlight catches their wings and head. I waited patiently for one to land close enough to get a capture.
Bush giant dragonfly Uropetala carovei
The bush giant dragonfly is New Zealand’s largest dragonfly, with a body length of 80-85 mm and a wingspan reaching 140 mm or more. It is found throughout both main islands, and is often seen and its loud clattering flight is heard when hovering around forest clearings during the summer. They are voracious predators that can consume 20 flies in an hour, and sometimes catch large cicadas. They are preyed upon by kingfishers, wasps and rats. The male has large, petal-shaped hind appendages.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 March 2011 Rural Southland NZ
Voracious Predator – Bush Giant Dragon Fly