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Dragonflies of the Rain forest

August 31st, 2014

On our way to the Galapagos Islands, we spent a few days at a lodge in the rain forest. We’ll have more about that in the next post, “real soon”.  This location, in a swamp, gave me a great chance to observe dragonflies. For me the most interesting species was an Amber wing. These are so small, less than 2 inches long, that at first I didn’t recognize them as dragonflies. Fortunately, they perched in a spot that made it possible to get a shot. I am a little disappointed that there were two species that I could not identify, but it was great to branch out and see some things that completely different from my norm.

A couple of the insects had visible parasites. Dragonfly larvae can have parasites that transfer to the just hatched adult after metamorphosis.  A red mite is visible in the head on image of the yellow Erythrodiplax andagoya.

 

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