Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pretty predators

A big thanks to Marty Horowitz for photos and text for today's post!

All photos by Marty Horowitz

Marty sends the photos above of Flame Skimmers, and this article from the New York Times; a portion of which is reproduced below:

[Dragonflies] are often grouped with butterflies and ladybugs on the very short list of Insects People Like. Yet they are also voracious aerial predators, and new research suggests they may well be the most brutally effective hunters in the animal kingdom.
When setting off to feed on other flying insects, dragonflies manage to snatch their targets in midair more than 95 percent of the time, often wolfishly consuming the fresh meat on the spur without bothering to alight.

Tomorrow's post will not be dragonflies :-)

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