The King of all Dragonflies

A large dragonfly is pictured on the roof of the municipal parking garage in downtown New London on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
A large dragonfly is pictured on the roof of the municipal parking garage in downtown New London on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Tm Martin/The Day

It was a photo of a peculiar-looking insect that set of speculation and curiosity in the newsroom this morning.Tim Martin, a staff photographer, was on the roof of the municipal parking garage when he came across a dragonfly roughly the length of his iPhone.

As we discussed the picture in the morning news meeting, it seemed several of us thought we had seen more dragonflies this year. And was it possible these ones were bigger than the varieties we saw last year?

But the excitement was quickly quelled by a call to the Connecticut Entomological Society.

“I would say this year is a fairly typical year,” said Vice President Michael Thomas, who added both numbers and species diversity appeared consistent with previous years. “Without question a rumor.”

I’d say the photo’s still pretty cool anyway. And anyone who comes across this dragonfly will certainly do a double take.

 

Hide Comments

READER COMMENTS

Loading comments...
Hide Comments

MORE BLOGS

Remembering UConn's first title

Looking back at UConn's first women's basketball national championship 20 years later.

Beggars can't be choosers

On an uneventful Tuesday afternoon I was driving Shore Rd. in Waterford on a typical feature hunt, looking for a photo for the next day's paper, when, shortly after passing the Seaside property I spotted a bird by the side of the road...

The Moon and Planets

I wanted to share a few more photos from my take Friday night of the crescent moon, Mars and Venus setting over the Union Baptist Church steeple.

Blizzard from Above

No sooner did the snow stop blowing from last week's blizzard than we at The Day started thinking about the next best way to show our readers the impact of the storm.