Monday, July 26, 2010
Dragonfly Days -- Widow Skimmer
They may take a couple of years to metamorphosis into an adult; leaving their childhood skin hanging on a blade of grass at pond's edge.
As adults they also hunt those pesky mosquitoes; sometimes the dragonfly will follow a human down a trail, grabbing and munching the critters the human scares up.
The dragonfly in the picture is a Widow Skimmer. The yellow and brown color of the body means that it has just metamorphosed; later its body will turn a blueish, chalky, white. The white spots on its wings indicated that this is a male; females lack the spots.
Sources and more info: Wikipedia; BugGuide.net