The natives are friendly

Most dragonflies are skittish. Some dragonflies are “friendly,” such as Blue Corporal dragonflies (Ladona deplanata). Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum vicinum) are friendly; sometimes very friendly!

Mike Powell and I visited Huntley Meadows Park recently. We stopped to “charm” dragonflies a couple of times during our photowalk. The following gallery shows two different male Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies perching on Mike: Photos 1-2 show Mike coaxing a dragonfly onto his finger; Photos 3-4 show another dragonfly perching on Mike’s arm.

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4 Responses to “The natives are friendly”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Your photos are awesome, Walter. That was a fun experience and it was surprising that some (but not all) of the dragonflies were cooperative.

  2. Mike Powell Says:

    Reblogged this on Mike Powell and commented:
    Turnabout is fair play. In one of my earlier posts entitled “Dragonflies mating on a calf” I featured Walter Sanford, a fellow photographer and blogger. Today, in a posting called “The natives are friendly.” he featured my arm and finger as I tried to charm a couple of different dragonflies to perch on my index finger.

  3. 2me4art Says:

    you know how to tame a dragon! It brings good luck for one to land on you. ~amy

  4. waltersanford Says:

    Sincere thanks to everyone who “Like-d” my post — 25 bloggers is a record for my photoblog! Thanks for reblogging my post, Mike!

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