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Most of the dragonfly images that I post on this blog have been of the males. They usually are the more brilliantly colored members of their species and their species names often derive from the males’ colors. So, for example, a Flame Skimmer’s name comes from the male’s brilliant orange color. It’s more than a bit sexist, I know, but that’s the way it is.
However, female dragonflies can be exquisite in their own right even if they lack the males’ brilliant colors. Here’s an example. This is a female Flame Skimmer.
This female comes in earth tones, subtle hues of tan and beige, and she is gorgeous. It’s a good question as to why the males are so brilliant and the females relatively subdued. Perhaps the males’ coloration makes them attractive to would-be mates. It may be that, the more brilliantly colored a male is, the more likely he is to attract a girlfriend. And, perhaps, the females’ less flamboyant colors make her less vulnerable to predators.
It’s all speculation on my part. But, I just love looking at and photographing these exquisite insects whatever the explanation may be for their color differences.
Photos taken with a Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens, assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, ISO 125, f13 @ 1/160.