There are so many amazing things happening around us in nature that we are not aware of. Take the case of dragonflies, the pretty but feeble looking insects.
Have you noticed that some species of dragonflies are found only seasonally? If you are in South India and you ask someone during off season where the insects have gone, don’t laugh if the answer is “
Now, how do the dragonflies get to
Almost the entire lot of migrant dragonflies is made up of Globe skimmers (Pantala flavescens). A sprinkle of Twisters (Tholymis tillarga), Pale-spotted emperors (Anax guttatus), Blue perchers (Diplacodes trivialis) and Vagrant emperors (A. ephippiger) are also involved
Flocks of dragonflies taking off towards the sea had been observed by many in the past. The general presumption was that it was a kind of mass suicide mission or something of the sort. Only recently their destination was discovered – Africa via
The credit for this recent discovery goes to Charles Anderson, a biologist attached to the
The migration cycle appears to be linked to the monsoons. The dragonflies reach
Amazing world, isn’t it?
(Note: I don’t think the insect in the photo is the migrating type. Click on photo to enlarge. Copyright reserved.)