10 November 2013

plight of the dragonfly

Had heard the male Koel calling this morning and stepped out the back door with my camera even though I've tried this many times over and they're so hard to get a glimpse of.  

Then I saw something shining, it was this poor dragonfly suspended from a spider's web.



I have no idea what kind it might be; does anyone?  I wonder too, would the spider poison it when it felt movement in the web?   I'd rather hope that the case than for the dragonfly to have struggled till it died.

15 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Oh my - he's beautiful, but in a fateful trap.

Our photos said...

Beautiful photo of the dragonfly!
Have a nice sunday! RW & SK

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Carole Great shot of the Dragonfly,

Linley S said...

It must have been a strong spider web to catch the dragonfly Carole.In response to your comment on Verticordias, they are at their best between October and December. All the other wildflowers around here have finished now, so these beauties now have the stage to themselves. There are a few different varieties and their flowering is staggered.

Bob Bushell said...

Umm, I do think that Dragonfly has already gone to it's home in the sky.

Irma said...


The dragonfly is eaten by the spider, that's bad luck for the dragonfly.
Greetings Irma

eileeninmd said...

Oh Yes, bad luck for the dragonfly to fly into the spiders web! Great capture. Have a happy day!

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Caught in the act! Great pic!

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TexWisGirl said...

you caught his wings well in the photo.

Brian King said...

This is the first time I've seen a dragonfly caught in a web. Good meal for the spider!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is about the only way one can get a detailed photo of a dragonfly.

Merlesworld said...

Amazing photo
Merle.........

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Sad & tragic - but the spider has to survive.That is the law of nature :)

Ida said...

Amazing photo. The wings are so sparkly but you do have to feel for the dragonfly. I guess like many have said though, spiders have to eat too.

Wally Jones said...

Great photograph, Carole!

Don't know the species of dragonfly as yours differ a bit from our local varieties.