Photo of the Week – October 1, 2010

Dragonfly on Roundheaded Bushclover

This dragonfly was perched atop a roundheaded bushclover flower in a restored prairie here in Aurora.  Because it was a cool early fall morning, it was reluctant (unable?) to fly and let me get close enough to take its portrait. 

Dragonflies are one of the larger predator insects in prairies and like to eat mosquitoes and other small flying insects.  They use their extreme speed and agility to catch their prey on the fly.

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is an ecologist and Eastern Nebraska Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. He supervises the management and restoration of approximately 4,000 acres of land in central and eastern Nebraska - primarily along the central Platte River. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press.
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2 Responses to Photo of the Week – October 1, 2010

  1. Tracy Tucker says:

    Nice! Love the fall color!

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