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|Photo courtesy of our dear friend and guest, Pedro Goldman.|
Dragonflies can be a bit intimidating if you're not accustomed to them. They look as mystical and medieval as their name implies, the metallic sheen of their wings and bodies glinting in the sun like miniature chain mail and coats of armour. Plus, as far as local insects go, they're big, fast, and unafraid.
They hover and dart around me, doing flybys and dive-bombs, and at first I didn't know why. Then I realized it's because I am like a giant buffet table. It's not me the dragonflies are after -- it's the blackflies and mosquitos that are always around me.
Dragonflies are skilled, agile predators and they just pick off fly after fly, mosquito after mosquito. Whole squadrons patrol the sunny fields and open trails. Instead of being afraid of them, I hail their return every June and cheer them on. They are, after all, on our side!