Thursday, July 26, 2007
My Friend the Dragonfly
While some people say they dislike or are scared of dragonflies, I must profess my admiration for these insects. I caught this one sitting still on the lamb's ears. It was eating a blackfly. Hallelujah! What a fabulous insect! I'd really like to see a larger population of dragonflies, ones that become obese from gorging themselves on nasty biting insects.
You can see a bit of the finger-lickin' good blackfly if you look closely:For some reason, the mosquitoes, blackfly and dragonfly numbers are way down this year. This is a phenomenon everybody in town has noticed and also seems to be affecting the far north, according to my friend in Yellowknife. There are local theories about late frosts and whatnot, but we really have no idea why this is.