Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dragonhunter

The Largest dragonfly that we see here in Minnesota is the dragonhunter. This large clubtail dragon averages around 3.3 inches long. They are so big that they are often seen with the back of their abdomen curling down making them appear like a flying letter "J".
Dragonhunters are the only dragon in the genus Hagenius. To many dragon hunters around the world they are a must see. They are ferocious, attacking and eating other dragons that are almost as big as them, including other dragonhunters. They are also one of the few insects that are not affected by the toxin that monarch butterflies carry in their system from the milkweed that they eat as caterpillar. In the photo above this dragonhunter is dining on a river jewelwing damselfly.

9 comments:

lotusleaf said...

Great photo!

Randy Emmitt said...

Liked this post! I once watched a Dragonhunter get caught by another dragonhunter and while all this was going on another Dragonhunter was trying to steal the Dragonhunter prey.

Teresa said...

Amazing captures of a vicious hunter.

Linda Makiej said...

Just Wonderful!!!

Jama said...

Nice colours!

Nature Rambles said...

Wow! That's a large dragonfly! I like the shadow in your first photo too!!

Ida said...

Wow these are awesome. I did not know that they would eat their own kind (gruesome).

Kala said...

Yikes! I can't believe they eat one another.

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