21 June 2010

Macro Monday-Ancient Companions

Today's Macro Monday images aren't technically macro images, but they involve a common macro subject, a dragonfly, so I thought you might let me get away with it.  These two images were taken during my recent trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida.  Both images feature the same eastern amberwing (Perithemis tenera) dragonfly perched on the eye ridge of two different American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).  Note: I must make the disclosure that while housed in a very naturalistic swamp habitat (with a natural heron and egret rookery over it), the alligators are captive animals in a zoo setting.  However, the dragonfly is wild.  I titled both these images "Ancient Companions" because these organisms represent Orders, Odonata and Crocodilia, that have lasted relatively unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs.  In fact both lineages have existed relatively unchanged for over 200 million years!

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