Return of the Giants
3 January 2015
Exploring Gang Gang swamp,
like I had the previous two seasons, I easily found the giant dragonfly
Petalura gigantea on this visit.
I was even able to get good photos of a female.
These dragonflies are easy to photograph, not just because they are large but also because they mostly perch
— the males wait for females and the females hide as taking off in breeding country
invariably means being being immediately pounced upon by the nearby males.
I also saw numerous jewel beetles including several in the Castiarina genus and the large
For the latter I thought at the time the different color patterns indicated different species
but researching them now it seems they are all the one, with an obvious species name.