Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dragonfly ballet - Pas de libellule

Dragonflies of all denominations have flitted in and out of my garden throughout the year.

Their favourite perches are bamboo stems which I used as stakes for slender stems and climbers.
  They can bask in the sunshine for hours on end.

Unlike most bees and butterflies, I have not seen them collecting pollens or imbibing nectar. They mostly sunbathed and appeared to be utterly contented.

This particular one is small. When I approached with my Nikon micro lens, it arched its dainty abdomen in an upright stance with the gossamer-like wings spread out horizontally, reminiscent of a ballerina's tutu.

This little insect ballerina pirouetted round the pole in a pompous display of its artful ballet movements.

Its gossamer-like tutu shimmered and glimmered in the sunshine with every tiny move.

 All six legs are "en pointe" for this stance.

She is still at her solo "pas de valse" at dizzying heights on the high pole.

And now to go down, to take a dip and a bow. 

It's time to take flight to signal the end of a brilliant performance. A silent applause is bestowed on this wonderful critter.

I do not the ID of this plant. It has slender stems carrying numerous blooms and need to be staked.

Note: This plant has been identified as Pseuderanthemum laxiflorum


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