We don’t get too many Dragonfly and Damselfly photos, so many thanks to Mickey Raine for providing these wonderful shots from DeKorte (Damselfy above, Dragonflies below). As Mickey notes, these insects are considered extremely efficient predators and have even been studied by the military for their incredible flying skills and ability to hone in on targets!
Some Praying Mantis photos from Mickey Raine. Mickey writes: You can see the incredible beauty of its physical traits, but also, the deadly tools as one of the leading predators inside the world of heavily vegetated areas. The sheer power and strength it exerted when first lifting it into my hand while the initial execution of resistance occurred, was unmistakable, and the thought of how overwhelmingly strong this would be for a prey/victim was rather chilling.