Bipolar dragonflies.


Last week I had shared a single photograph of the Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens. Thought I might share some more today.

Maybe an entomologist or a dragonfly expert might be able to tell me better: but dragonflies appear to be quite bipolar, having two extreme states of behaviour. One is where they’re constantly flitting about, changing direction mid-air and never resting. A couple of times I have kept my eye on a single dragonfly and found that they can do that for over ten minutes. Maybe much more.

31358404-Golden_Dragonfly_2The other is where they become living statues, sometimes even non-responsive to light contact. I am not sure whether these are metabolic states of the dragonflies, age regimes, or something else entirely. So they’re either hyperactive or they are zombies. Coolio.

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Dragonflies are quite colourful and pretty as they come, but I always found the lack of any substance at the back of their head a bit… disconcerting. [Flashback to the Temple of Doom, with chilled monkey brains for dessert. Yum.]

Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 80. f/4.0 at 1/320 second; f/4.5 at 1/160 second. Edited using Picasa 3.8 and Adobe Photoshop CS5. Taken in December 2010 in Keela Mundal, Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu, India. Hat-tip to Abhijeet Doshi and his shot of the Wandering Glider at India Nature Watch for ID help.

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Bipolar dragonflies.

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