• Florian Weise

Here be dragons...

The first good rains of the year fell last week on the 4th of December when an unusual weather system reached Ongava. The winds and rain brought with them a variety of dragonflies, three of which are shown in this photo. The largest one is a Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger), the red one a Twister (Tholymis tillarga), and the smaller blue one is a Banded Skimmer (Orthetrum brachiale). Beyond their grace and beauty, large numbers of dragonflies, together with termites and other emerging insects, provide a sudden energy injection into the drought-stricken ecosystem. This nutritional boost is critically important to a range of birds, reptiles, amphibians and other animals, figuratively allowing them to re-charge their batteries after a very long dry famine.