Monday, July 5, 2010

A damsel in distress

See that tiny speck of blue in the picture to the left? If it weren't for the brilliant blue of this damselfly I might have missed it as I hiked down a path at the Indiana Dunes last week.

How the damsel fell into the sandy path is a mystery. Since it is so brilliantly blue, it appears to be newly metamorphosed but since the path is far water it must have been carried by a bird or human and dropped accidentally into the sand.

I rescued it from the sand and placed it onto the foliage along the path. When last seen it looked as if it might live to eat a few mosquitoes that have been hatching in the same wetland area where it grew up.

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