Monday, July 20, 2015

Eastern Amberwing

As we continued our travels in Florida last March, Erika and I went out of our way to visit the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. We had read that these gardens were a jewel tucked away within the city. The gardens were nice, but not large enough to attract a great diversity of birds. We did see a few dragonflies, although none were new to us. We were pleased that our University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum memberships allowed us free entry.

Among the dragonflies we saw were these male Eastern Amberwings. I was impressed by how much the amberwings looked like small, golden wasps. As I have previously blogged, this resemblance may be the result of Batesian Mimicry, wherein harmless species evolve to look like poisonous ones and thereby gain some respect from potential predators.

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