Meadowhawk d.

22 July 2007

Back, from wherever it is they go, are the Meadowhawks (Sympetrum corruptum).

POSTSCRIPT: They appeared a few weeks ago, scattered loners, the vanguard, cruising over lawns mid-day. In the mornings and evenings, they perched upon t-posts and tomato cages. And rocks too, for those concerned with authenticity.The swarms appeared yesterday, thirty, forty, sixty dragons stitching and cross-stitching the air above lawns, gardens and uh, meadows. Their wings don’t appear to move at all as they troll along, scanning with thousand-prismed orbs. Then with a flick of the wings and an impossible aerobatic flip, one snags a hoverfly and then continues along, hunting a new tack.

Hilariously, I tried to record all of this with a pocket-sized digital camera:

In a few months they’ll be gone, displaced some distance down wind or a few clicks by lat or long. Here, the migration is a piecemeal affair, if truly it occurs at all. On the coast, squadrons merge into massive air wings and cruise down the beach thousands at a time.

Where and why, we don’t really understand.

I saw this adult in late November, nearly smack dab in the middle of the Carboniferous. He may well have been planning to stick it out.


2 Responses to “Meadowhawk d.”

  1. laelaps Says:

    Very nice! Dragonflies always make wonderful photo subjects (except when they won’t stay in one place, that is).

  2. Neil Says:

    Thanks Brian. With a little patience, I find that I can approach Meadowhawks fairly easily when they are basking. Flame Skimmers and Common Whitetails are a very different story, unfortunately.

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