Of all the insects at Hornsby Bend, the order that is impossible to ignore are the Dragonflies- Odonata. I don't know the number of dragonfly species in the Austin area, but there is a large variety to see. My favorite part about dragonflies is the range of colors, and of course their agile flying stunts; zooming up and down, zig-zagging, loopy-looping, stop and going. It's no wonder that their eyes are so big; enabling them to see and react in time as they speed everywhere they're going. Taking pictures of these devils was a little harder than I anticipated, they always land just a foot or two out of the camera's reach, and move just before you get the camera in focus. I would try to get a few snaps and then run catch up to Jacob and the dogs only to see another dragonfly which needed to be photographed. I haven't taken a bug net along to catch any insects, but can imagine the extreme variety camouflaged in the shrubbery. Yes, summer is for the bugs!
|Common Whitetail on a tent caterpillar nest|
|A Common Whitetail trying to land on a Widow Skimmer|
|A male (pink) and female (orange) Rosette Skimmer|
|A tiny Amberwing (less than 1 inch long)|
|Female Easter Pondhawk|
|Scissor-tailed flycatcher (or dragonfly catcher)|
|Are you coming?|