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 the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.

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