Long before birds became my primary subjects I photographed lots of bees, butterflies and other bugs including dragonflies and when ever I am out in the field I still notice them and when I can I aim my lens and focus on them.
A few days ago I discovered several male Eight-spotted Skimmers close to the edge of Glover Pond at Farmington Bay and was delighted to photograph these beautifully patterned Odonata.
While I photographed these male Eight-spotted Skimmers I did see a female but unfortunately she had grasses in front of her and my view of her was obstructed.
Fossils of dragonflies have been found with wingspans of two feet, I can only imagine what it would have been like to see them in flight, on the wing and chasing after prey.
These male Eight-spotted Skimmers hung around at the edge of Glover Pond perching on cattails and hawking insects from the air. I love dragonflies because they are beautiful, fascinating and most of all, they eat the bugs that bite me. Dragonflies can eat hundreds of mosquitoes per day and each one they eat is one less pest that might try to suck the blood out of me!
Life is good.