They look almost robotic–and yes, I know somebody–DARPA I think–is deploying robot-drone dragonfly-like spy devices. But I don’t expect that any of these came from anywhere but the cold waters of Nameless and Goose Creeks.
We have more than our share of dragonflies, and as I stood in the pasture yesterday trying to concentrate on the few who were perched nearby resting to have their picture taken, I was very thankful for the dozens who were still on patrol just over my head.
This constant patrol of drones is our only hope for relief from the pesky deer flies (biting sucking relatives of horseflies) that descend on our bare necks every time we leave the house. Necks are almost always collared, or a bandana tied ’round, and a wide brimmed hat also helps. But we really depend on the dragonflies for pest control.