This past week there must have been quite the ‘hatching’ going on down at the lake since there were literally hundreds of these dragonflies flying around the yard. There were lots of silvery flashes, like sparkles everywhere! It was quite magical.
I think this is what is called a ‘Variable Darner’ according to the ‘Insects of Alberta’ website.
Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as “nymphs”, are aquatic (Wikipedia).
Linking up to Black and White Wednesday at The Long Road to China