31 Jan '12, 6am

The Annotated Budak: Duskhawks by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Duskhawks by @budak

Most libellulid dragonflies revel in the sun, becoming active towards noon when they bask, battle and beget new nymphs to terrorise the smaller creatures that share their habitats. A passing cloud can transform a creek of aerial dancers into empty airspace as the insects flee the shadow for the comfort of higher canopies. The return of harsh rays triggers, in the blink of a blank, a fresh whirl of wings ready to capture passing midges, defend their corners from covetous neighbours and conquer the nether parts of dragon ladies who typically tease in veiled outfits. This love affair with bright skies is shunned by at least one tribe of libellulids, namely those in the subfamily Trameinae. Like their close relatives , Zyxommatinids have long hindwings with greatly expanded bases, the better to coast through the air with minimal flapping. But the abdomens of members of this tr...

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The Annotated Budak: Year of the (Water) Dragon by @budak

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A flash of blue is usually the only sign of a satinwing as one approaches jungle streams hemmed by rampant vegetation. Res...