Miss Blue-tailed – dinner’s ready!!

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Prédation chez les libellules: Ishcnure élégante “casse la croûte” de bébé portecoupe! Ishnure elegans VS Enallagma cyathigerum

Non, rien de barbare dans cette scène parfaitement normale dans le monde des odonates où une libellule en mange une autre!

Les Agrions portecoupes sont extrêment nombreux et sont donc souvent et facilement prédatés, par d’autres odonates entre autres.

Pas vraiment du cannibalisme, les demoiselles étant d’espèces différentes. has dinner “with” a !

Not really a cannibalism scene but close. On this fabulous site where 10 odonates take off at every step, I was taking pics of something else when my eye perceived an unusual movement. My favorite form of Blue-tailed Damselfly! Its strange flight becomes clear…

Sous ce baiser de la mort, les mandibules de l’Ischnure s’appliquent à faire un trou dans l’exosquelette de sa proie pour atteindre les organes du thorax.

It has a sized prey in the mandibles, nested between the legs for a big cuddle… Well, maybe not!!!
The unfortunate Common blue is slightly bigger.

La proie, bien calée entre les 6 pattes du prédateur, tente de s’échapper en grimpant vers le haut de la tige:The prey, held tightly between the 6 legs, tries desperately to escape as it climbs towards the end of the grass blade:

L’ischnure poursuit en découpant les ailes puis sépare l’abdomen du thorax:The Blue-tailed goes on by slicing off the wings neatly then separates the abdomen from the thorax:

On peut voir ici que que l’ischnure est hautement parasitée sur les derniers segments de son abdomen:The Blue-tailed has quite a few parasites on the last segments of its abdomen:

La Nature ne fait pas dans la sensiblerie:

Over-sensitivity has no place in Nature:

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka Wildlife

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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