Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July and a beautiful night visitor

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday as you celebrate the independence of our great country! I photographed this handsome eagle at the Oak Ridge Secret City Festival a couple of weeks ago. It was fortunate to have the American flag in the background!

Last night while I was out on the carport photographing moths, I had an amazing insect fly in. It had long wings (2-1/2" each!) and looked like a dragonfly moving in slow-motion. I grabbed my net and caught it in a jar. Fortunately, it cooperated with me and it stayed on the sheet. That was probably where it was going in the first place, but I got too excited and didn't want to take a chance that it might fly away. It is an antlion (Glenurus gratus), the adult version of a "doodlebug" (the little larvae that make the pits in the soil and eat ants). What a treat it was to see this fantastic insect!

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