I was going through my parents’ garden in Kerala and taking pictures of some flowers when I noticed this guy. A dragonfly. Handsome chap. I wasn’t sure if it would stay long in a place, so I kept getting closer with every click. This photo is as close as I went.
Check out the slide show below and you will see where I started from. The dragonfly flew off a couple of times but always came back to the same spot.
This guy is called Kirby’s Dropwing or Trithemis kirbyi.
Some interesting points about dragonflies, mostly from Wikipedia:
- Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies.
- There is another species called “damselflies” and I don’t think they are just the female dragonfly (a specialist wants to confirm?)
- Oding is the hobby of observing dragonflies and damselflies. “Just like birding and butterflying”, Wikipedia says. That means Oders don’t kill these creatures. They just observe them, take photos of them..you get the idea!
- I searched the Internet for Oders (no, not guys who trip on a lot of drugs!) and found this guy. Not many of them out there. There’s another guy who has caught the Kirby’s Dropwing in Africa.
- I have seen a lizard hunt a dragonfly. I remember, the dragonfly made the lizard run quite a bit and I don’t remember the lizard getting the fellow. The dragonflies are quite fast. This website says they can fly 30 and 60 km/h (19 to 38 m.p.h.).
Now you know!