My field guide tells me that this is a Ruddy Darter, but I don’t believe it. I’ve seen this guy somewhere before. In a movie. I’m sure of it.
Dragonflies are my favourite insects and maybe even one of my favourite wildlife species. They are ancient, with fossils dating back over 325 million years and, apart from their size, they don’t seem to have changed much in all that time. They look alien and my own view is that they have been an inspiration to filmmakers for generations. Have a look at the photos below and see if you agree!
Apart from movie inspiration, these are such beautiful creatures. They are colourful and agile and fast – sometimes I can’t even keep up with them when I’m driving! There is a huge variety of species and I look forward to photographing many more of them in the future.
Disclaimer: no herbs, medicinal or otherwise, were used in the writing of this post.
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