Friday, December 2, 2011

Dragon fly and shy magpie

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Check out the intricate pattern on the wings of this insect (which might be a dragon fly?). I spotted it on a fence at Luke's parents' place and thought it must be dead because it didn't react at all to me poking my lens right up to it. It was sitting right next to a spider web, so we thought a spider might have sucked out its innards. But when I came back later, it was gone!

This young magpie was in the yard. When it noticed me with the camera it hid behind foliage. Shy magpie.

Oh, today was my day off work. Wooh.


JSK said...

That wing pattern is fascinating. Nice find.

I think it's one of the robber flies. If so, I don't think it'd stay around if it was alive - and they can bite.

Frisky Librarian said...

Ah yes, you're right. It's a common brown robber fly. I'd never heard of them before. They attack wasps, so clearly not shy...

piggywhistles said...

Great photo of the robber fly. I had never heard of them before either. I love these treasures found in the garden.