Ready for action

After a busy week of babysitting grandkids, I got out in the backyard very briefly and spotted a newly emerged male 12-spotted Skimmer perched on a cage protecting one of my roses (a favorite snack for the local deer).  I was struck by the flat profile the dragonfly assumed on its perch.

12-spotted skimmer profile

Each species is so different in the way they perch to hunt, some horizontal, some vertical, some low in the vegetation, some high up on the tops of the tallest plants, some with wings swept forward, some with wings held vertically over their back. I wish I understood better what determines their hunting postures.

Chalk-fronted Corporal with wings swept forward at rest.

Chalk-fronted Corporal with wings swept forward at rest.

Widow Skimmer male (not fully mature) perched vertically in low vegetation.

Widow Skimmer male (not fully mature) perched vertically in low vegetation.

Halloween Pennant perched atop the stem of last season's Blazing Star on Tamarack Prairie.

Halloween Pennant perched atop the stem of last season’s Blazing Star on Tamarack Prairie.

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