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Dragons at lunch - added breakfast, brunch and dinner!

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by fishbio, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. We all know that dragonflies are extremely effective predators. I've seen them eating everything from tiny beetles to White admiral butterflies to bald-faced hornets! Here are a couple having lunch.

    Cheers,

    Larry

    1. A clubtail (Gomphus sp.) munches on a beetle

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    2. A Four-spotted skimmer (Libelulla quadrimaculata) chows down on a Virginia ctenucha (moth)

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    3. Dragonhunter (Hagenius brevistylus) eating a Northern pearly-eye

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    4. Lake darner (Aeshna erimita) devouring a Bald-faced hornet

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    5. A Whiteface (Leucorrhinia) interrupts a tender moment, eating a male damsel still attached to the female!

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  2. tojor

    tojor

    Jul 27, 2005
    Denmark
    Great shots Larry. Dragonflies are fierce hunters. I saw a Libelulla quadrimaculata catching and eating an immature Sympetrum sanguineum (Ruddy Darter) a few days ago.
     
  3. Great shots, Larry. It's one thing to get one in a classic pose, but much more interesting to capture them "doing their thing". Well done.
     
  4. nice shots - I've never actually caught any of my dragons eating anything
     
  5. lmatney

    lmatney

    Oct 25, 2007
    Goodyear, AZ
    Very nice Larry. I have never seen a dragonfly eating either. These are very good.
     
  6. Thanks, Torben. That would be a big meal for it.

    Thanks, Bob I take what I'm are offered.

    Thanks, Paul. You will eventually, they are voracious eaters.

    Thanks, Larry I'm sure you'll find one eating, too. Check out the damsels, I seem to see more of them eating.

    Cheers,

    Larry
     
  7. These are just fantastic Larry, certainly a credit to your patience. Am I correct in assuming this not a common thing to witness? These are the first shots I have seen of them feeding. All are great, but Number 5 is special, wonder how Darwin would interpret this :smile:
     
  8. Wow, nice captures!
     
  9. Excellent series, Larry!

    Some predators, indeed!
     
  10. Thanks, Tom. It's not particularly uncommon to see them eating - but eating in a place where you can get a picture is a different matter:frown:

    Thanks, Jeff

    Thanks, Jukka. Have fun on your hunt this week

    Cheers,

    Larry
     
  11. Very nice series Larry they are indeed very good predators :smile:



    Ian
     
  12. Spectre

    Spectre

    Feb 20, 2008
    Oregon
    Very nice Larry. I have seen a lot of dragons eating, but nothing as dramatic as you have here. Great shots.
     
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  14. These are just great Larry. Superb shots. I love the dinner shot, but overall my favorite is #2.
     
  15. Thanks, Rich

    Larry
     
  16. Great shots, Larry. I have never seen one eating. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
     
  17. Thanks, Tom

    Larry
     
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