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Monday, September 7, 2009

Dragonfly

Aged picture of dragonfly resting on a dried palm leaf
Dragonflies are friendly insects. They are valuable predators that feed on mosquitoes, our enemies. They also feed on other small insects such as flies, bees, ants and small butterflies.

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How do we attract butterflies to our homes and gardens?

It is not beautiful and bright flowers that attract dragonflies. It is water and the ponds. Dragonflies rely on water throughout their life cyce. Their babies, or nymph live underwater for months and years before emerging as adult dragonflies. Nymphs feed on mosquito larva and other small fishes and tadpoles. Adult dragonflies are carnivors. They hunt for prey near water and lay their eggs in water or on plants near to water. If you have a pond or a stream nearby, you will be able to see dragonflies in the late evenings. If you wish to attract dragonflies to your home or garden, build a pond, even a small one will do. Water plants will provide places for them to perch.

The first picture is my entry for Monochrome Maniacs. My grateful thanks to Aileni for hosting this wonderful site. For other MM posts around the world, please click here.

The second picture is my entry for Mellow Yellow Monday # 34. My grateful thanks to Drowsey Monkey for hosting this fun site. For other MYM posts around the world, please click here.

20 comments:

  1. Excellent..these are my favorite flying creatures..nice job & post. I haven't been able to capture one of them still long enough!

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  2. Beautiful shot for Mellow Yellow Monday! Thanks for sharing all the info about dragonflies... :)

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  3. good shot! when I was a kid I used to play with dragonfly in our garden. I like it..

    http://www.sweetnorms.com/2009/09/mellow-yellow-3/

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  4. i love your picture!
    have a great week ahead!
    xoxo

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  5. Very nice yellow pic !!!
    In Finland Dragonflies bite. I don't personally like them, but nice pic you have here :)

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  6. The first image looks more like a sketch than a photo. :)
    I love the golden yellow of the second shot - great capture of the dragonfly!

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  7. Yeah I thought it was a sketch too...love dragondflies:)!

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  8. Awesome shot! You should also enter it in Monochrome Maniacs for the b&w one.

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  9. Great photo! I love dragonflies and once I saw one eat a wasp! I did not know that they eat that! =)

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  10. Beautiful. My yellow fellow is here: http://www.einontytar.vuodatus.net

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  11. The B&W looks like an xray - a good example of how colour alters one's perception.

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  12. Great shot...i love it. Happy MYM.

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  13. Very unique one. nice shots buddies.
    My MYM here.

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  14. Very nice photos for both memes. Dragonflies are so delicate. My mother used to call them devil's darning needles. I thought that they were much too beautiful for such a name. The dragonflies here are mostly blue...I like the yellow, too.

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  15. Fantastic both of your pictures!
    But the first one is very special:)

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  16. I know a woman—
    she’s called Golden Dragonfly,
    she visits at dawn.


    My Mellow Yellow

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