Eye contact

I like shots of dragonflies in which the subject strikes an unusual pose. I’m especially fond of head-tilts in which the individual seems to make direct eye contact. I wonder what the dragonfly is thinking when it looks at me through its compound eyes. On one hand, the amateur scientist in me guesses the dragonfly’s only thought is a simple decision tree: Is this thing predator or prey? On the other hand, the romantic in me thinks the two of us make a connection sometimes, and the dragonfly senses I’m a friend rather than a foe. Like the connection between this guy and me …

Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (male)

The preceding photograph shows an Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis) perching on the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 10 September 2014. This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.

Eastern Pondhawk is a species of dragonfly with prominent pseudopupils, giving the face a cartoon-like appearance sometimes. In this one-panel cartoon, the speech bubble would read …

Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (male)

Tech Tip: Apple “Preview” application was used to annotate the preceding photograph.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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