Saturday, June 9, 2012

Damsel in Distress!

Okay, being eaten is perhaps a bit more than distressful.

A bit unusual, too, as it isn't a dragon eating the damsel (there is a species of dragonfly called a Dragonhunter that preys on other odonates) but another damselfly. Damselflies, although predators in their own right, typically go after smaller, less ponderous meals like as aphids and other such tidbits.

I discovered this particular cannibalistic event while I dawdled behind during a guided walk. My cameras weren't up to the task of recording the moment, but luckily we had just run into the local Butterfly Guy who had the experience and the lens to get the shots.  Thank you, Will !!!

Photos courtesy and © 2012 Will Kerling.