Friday, August 20, 2010

I'm ready for my close-up

As always, click for larger.


Jennifer said...

I love Lantana... and so do the butterflies.

Von said...

I really really love the
keep on draggin fly
really really

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Love the damselfly- saw tons of them up in Maine, doing their mating dance on the lake.

Brando said...

Nice pics, thunder.

Another Kiwi said...

Those little yellow and reds are very nice. Good shots.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Thanks, people!

BBBB, you're right, it's a damselfly. It seemed to big to me, I imagined they were smaller. I can't identify the species, most of them seem to be metallic green, blue, or red colored, and this one was sort of gray.

I did run across this interesting species, Megaloprepus caerulatus:

Megaloprepus caerulatus is a damselfly of the Forest Giant family (Pseudostigmatidae), found in wet and moist forests in Central and South America. It has the greatest wingspan of any living damselfly or dragonfly, up to 19 centimeters (7.5 inches) in the largest males. Its large size and the markings on its wings make it a conspicuous species; a hovering Megaloprepus has been described as a "pulsating blue-and-white beacon".[1]

As an adult it feeds on orb-weaver spiders in the forest understory, which it plucks from their webs. It lays its eggs in water-filled holes in trees; males defend the larger holes as breeding territories. The naiad is a top predator in its tree-hole habitat, feeding on tadpoles and aquatic insects, including the larvae of mosquito species that are vectors of human disease.