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Enter The Dragon #3

This bedraggled specimen was once a beautiful and unusual purple Dragonfly.

 

Now it is almost at the end of its approximately 1 year life. Its secondary wings are almost gone, and its primary wings are battered and torn.

 

It surprises me to discover it can still fly...I salute its tenacity.

Enter The Dragon #3

This bedraggled specimen was once a beautiful and unusual purple Dragonfly.

 

Now it is almost at the end of its approximately 1 year life. Its secondary wings are almost gone, and its primary wings are battered and torn.

 

It surprises me to discover it can still fly...I salute its tenacity.

comments (15)

Oh, que c'est joli !
Ray: Il a été une belle libellule, Martine, et j'admire maintenant sa capacité à continuer à fonctionner dans la vieillesse.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Oct 2017, 04:35
The write up made me think: how long does a Dragonfly normally lives, assuming he is not eaten or had an accident..
This one has many 'flight-hours' and still going strong. Fabulous macro.
Ray: Some species of Dragonfly live up to about 15 months, Astrid, but others just 3-4 months.

I was struck by the ability of this one to continue to function despite its wear and tear!
It even has some gray hairs, Ray, so surely many of us can identify with this aging beauty.
Ray: Ha ha

Perhaps I am identifying with it for this reason, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Oct 2017, 05:59
They are amazingly strong, Ray. He is still very compellingly attractive to me, but then you know me and dragonflies!
Ray: Yes...I see this one is still beautiful, Lisl.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 4 Oct 2017, 06:14
And what is more Ray, it can perform handstands.
Ray: It does good handstands, Chad...here it is performing the difficult Simultaneous Six Hands Stand.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 4 Oct 2017, 06:24
I salute it too, there is hope yet for all old beings..
Ray: Indeed, Chris...we can live as Dragonflies, even as our powers wane.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Oct 2017, 06:44
Oh, thank you for this very interesting information!
Ray: You are most welcome, Philine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Oct 2017, 07:11
I know that there us much life left in old, grey-haired, wizened old things (some SC members come to mind) so I hope this has some life left it it yet.
Ray: Ha Ha

This is more of a Metaphor than a Dragonfly!
Encore une très belle prise de vue ..Magnifique ..
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Vous êtes très gentil, Claudine.
It has lived life to the full
Ray: ...and continues thusly...
Those wings are completely transparent.
Ray: In fact, Brian, quite a lot of the membrane has sloughed off.
An old timer doing push-ups then.
Ray: The mortal coil creaks but continues to have spring, Mary.
Hanging in there!
Ray: It is still viable, Tom.             
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Oct 2017, 22:26
When they sit like that, with their wings pointing forward - I tend to think that they applied maximum air brakes to land on that small spot.
Ray: Ha Ha

I like the video you just dropped into my head, Louis!

But, in fact, they adopt that position some time after landing.
Poor guy - I appreciate your wonderful tribute to him!

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