I have a story that is hard to believe. I was photographing dragonflies yesterday and ran across this one in distress. It was flapping frantically. I go over to investigate and the poor thing is caught in a spider web and only making its situation that much more dire with all the thrashing about.
I am not one to jump in on a natural wildlife occurrence…
but this was a mismatched pair of combatants. The tiny spider must have been overwhelmed at his fortuitous luck, except for his web. It is not the web shown above that I photographed the day before. The web the dragonfly is entangled was completely destroyed and much of it was adhered to the dragonfly.
Well, I felt bad the dragonfly was in peril so after it settled down, I carefully extracted it from the web, removing as much web as gently as I could. It already had wing damage and I tried to prevent more.
I carried it over to some green vegetation to rest for a bit hoping it would be able to fly off – and it did.
Of course I was patting myself on the back, when all of a sudden I saw where it was headed. It landed on the seat of a gator utility vehicle, those machines the park people drive around. I just started to run over to get it off the seat when the park worker came back and sat on it.
I said nothing but felt so bad for the dragonfly after I thought it was flying off to have another day. Its day was certainly not starting off well in the first place. The worker was going to have a big stain on the seat of her khaki pants too, another bad day in the making. No pictures of the squashing, mainly because I did not want her to know I knew what just happened.
Oh well, when your time is up, it’s up. No cheating the angel of death. Rest in peace Twelve-spotted Skimmer (?) – last image of it before its demise.
Two more dragonfly and damselfly posts coming up. I was so surprised with how many different dragonflies exist. They really are a beautiful creature. Another rather pretty, but detrimental insect over on GWGT. Follow me along on the Emerald Ash Borer workshop. It is a walk in the woods of discovery and understanding.