Aerial hunter extraordinaire.  by William Brennan

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Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as “nymphs”, are aquatic. The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. In smaller species, this stage may last between two months and three years. When the larva is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant. Exposure to air causes the larva to begin breathing. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its old larval skin, pumps up its wings, and flies off to feed on midges and flies. In flight the adult dragonfly can propel itself in six directions; upward, downward, forward, back, and side to side. The adult stage of larger species of dragonfly can last as long as five or six months. I chased this female Ruby meadowhawk around for a while and she finally relented and let me get a few shots. I think I just tired her out. I took this in my own back yard in Rockaway, NJ. I used a Nikon Coolpix L110 digital camera.

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Special leaf just for him!! So pretty!

  • These little ones seem to like leaves for some reason. Thanks for stopping by! :)

    – William Brennan

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful William. Stunning work. Brenda

  • Great to hear from you as always Brenda. Thanks! :)

    – William Brennan

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    10 September 2010 (one a day)

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of a strange looking Darter, did you take this picture in the UK because it doesn’t look like a northern European species to me

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 4 years ago

    No need to answer my previous comment as I’ve read where you captured this dragonfly.

  • I had never seen one of these before until this year to be honest. Thanks for the comment. :)

    – William Brennan

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

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