Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stream Cruiser

Stream Cruiser Closeup
 Dragonflies have amazing eyes. Their eyes are made up of up of thousands of facets called ommatidia. The ommatidia create a mosaic image for the dragonfly. This allows them to see almost 360 degrees. Some of the dragonflies with larger eyes can have up to 30,000 ommatidia. It is believed that they also have the ability to see into the ultraviolet spectrum the same as some birds.
Stream Cruiser
These eyes belong to a stream cruiser dragonfly. They are one of only two members of the cruiser family found in Minnesota. They are usually found around slower moving water like lakes or slow moving streams. They usually emerge early in the summer. I photographed this stream cruiser in Afton State Park.


Linda Makiej said...

Terrific work here.... just great!!

Jama said...

Stunning macro!

Molly said...

Wow what a truly fabulous macro shot


Pat said...

Great macro shot!

DeniseinVA said...

Those are absolutely amazing shots!!!