Friday, July 13, 2012

Obelisking Dragonfly


This not-so-blue Blue Dasher was poised in yoga-like poses for hours last Thursday. I thought maybe it was a mating thing, but turns out dragonflies do this to cool themselves on very hot days (by presenting less body surface to absorb sunlight).

Pretty cool.


8 comments:

  1. After a high temp of 103 yesterday I wish I could have cooled off like the dragonfly did! Lovely image!

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    1. Yikies - that is hot. Thanks for the nice comment, Mia.

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    1. He (she?) is pretty, isn't he? Nice of it to hold so still for me :-D

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  3. Nice - I haven't seen this behavior yet!

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    1. Bet you get a chance w/this new heat wave! The best part? They hold still long enough to snap photos :-D

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