11 September 2005

Supersize it

I've seen pondhawks eating other dragonflies and big gomphids taking down large butterflies, but I usually see bluets eating gnats. I was surprised to see this Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) hauling around a moth which probably weighed nearly as much as the damsel itself. I didn't see the initial capture, but the moth was alive when I first started taking pictures. At this point, the bluet had already dined on the moth's head.

Thistle or plant down that had gotten stuck on the bluet's thoracic hairs is silhouetted in the late afternoon sun.

1 comment:


Can I have fries with that?