While going through a gate in my back yard this afternoon, I placed my hand within inches of a dragonfly. I was surprised that this normally skidderish insect did not fly away when I approached.
I went to the house and got my camera, hoping that the dragonfly would be willing to stay still for a little photo op.
When I got back, the dragonfly was perched upon the antenna of a car. As I tried to get some photos, I had to constantly fiddle with my camera, since it was not working properly. Periodically the dragonfly would zoom off, but kept coming back to the antenna. At some point I think the dragonfly came to the conclusion that I wasn’t a predator, or if I was, I must have been a very bad one. On two occasions it landed on the finger I had poised over the shutter button (I would have gotten a picture of this, but it created an obvious strategic difficulty), and hung out there for a bit before making it’s way back to the antenna.
After a while, I decided to leave the poor thing alone and let it get back to finding a meal.
I have always been amazed that the dragonfly’s wings can be so delicate and intricate and at the same time can propel this tiny creature with such speed and maneuverability. They are truly a thing of beauty as well as a marvel of design.