Dragonflies are remarkable beasties......proto-typically big "bug" eyes, four see-through wings, catchy coloration and interesting and complex flight patterns, these nasty insect predators can be seen all over the place flitting about picking off smaller insects for a quick meal or perching precariously at the end of a grass stalk. Since we started the experimental garden plots over next to the Gelb Science Building (north side), dragonflies have shown up in the area in abundance.....no doubt pulled in by the varieties of insect prey drawn to the plots by the wildflowers now growing there. The transformation has been remarkable. Here is a sampling of the dragonflies that can be seen at the plots. If you are on campus, I would encourage you to head over to Gelb and take a look (before we get to far into fall). Just stand and watch for awhile. The diversity of life in the these tiny plots (especially in the "Showy Wildflower Plot") will quickly become apparent. When you start becoming aware of the bugs flying and crawling around, move in for a closer look. You won't be disappointed at what you will see. Not only dragonflies but native bees, hoverflies, butterflies, ants, spiders, beetles....all sorts of stuff. Enjoy!
In the meantime, you can browse these images taken in these plots to get a taste of the wonders that await you-click on the Dot-Tailed Whiteface below: