Monday, August 6, 2012

Band-winged Meadowhawk

When I photographed this Band-winged Meadowhawk during my recent Saffron-winged Meadowhawk search, I thought I captured parasitic larval water mites. These aquatic arachnids have a fascinating life cycle. The larva attach to a variety of hosts, including dragonflies, and are thereby able to disperse from pond to pond. But--what a disappointment--I appear to have captured dragonfly excrement. On the other hand, how many people have actually seen dragonfly excrement? You can say you saw it on this blog!

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