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Monday, August 9, 2010

Baby dragonfly

Just emerging from the larval stage, his wings are still crumpled up from being packed in. He's resting in the sun, pumping blood through the veins in the wings to straighten them out, and harden them.

Taken at the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, NY. They not only have a beautiful area to walk and hike, but they also sponsor educational programs. George Steele took us on a herpetology adventure (reptiles and amphibians.) We didn't see any snakes, but we did see several amphibians including two species of salamander and several stages in the frog life cycle.

Oddly enough, insects were wildly popular even though we were looking for amphibians!

6 comments:

  1. That is an amazing photo, incredible detail and colour. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. The wings are so fascinating.

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  3. That truly is an amazing shot of that dragonfly. I never could get that close. You have a great camera and know how to use it. Enjoyed your blog and your visit.

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  4. Dragonflies are such amazing creatures. Glad you were able to capture one getting ready for the next phase of its life.

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