In the post describing the stoppage of specimen acquisition I forgot to mention a caveat stating "rare and unprecedented specimens will be admitted." This was a standard clause I asked my lawyers to tell me to put in the blog even though I didn't intend to use it (I figured I'd be too busy getting ready for the move to hunt). However, I have admitted multiple specimens and not all the specimens I have recently brought to the museum have fallen under either exceptional category. Another dictum of recalcitrance...
I write today because I could not hold back after seeing one of the most visibly magnificent (not the most dexterous fliers) dragonflies in northeast Tarrant County, Celithemis eponina (Halloween Pennant). I spotted the Halloween Pennants a few days ago and admired them from a distance, feeling inner peace permeate my body as I let my eyes follow the colorful wings of such a marvelous creature. Potential specimens were perched on the highest tips of nearby trees, eluding my powerful, MASCULINE grasp. Well today...the tables flipped...and below you can see the result of a table flipping:
|A juvenile female Celithemis eponina (Halloween Pennant)...now perching in an acrylic case in the museum.|
Specimens admitted since May 18th (date of blog describing inadmittance policy) include a juvenile female Celithemis eponina (Halloween Pennant), a juvenile male Perithemis tenera (Eastern Amberwing), a juvenile male Pachydiplax longipennis (Blue Dasher) and a juvenile male Gomphus vastus (Cobra Clubtail). Not to pretend to be modest or anything, but there have been a plethora of other dragonflies I have captured but restrained myself from bringing back to the museum.
|A juvenile male Gomphus vastus (Cobra Clubtail)...hunter or whatever becoming the hunted or whatever.|
Well, this blog entry was supposed to be published months ago but somehow I moved to China and forgot to pack it. Anyway, here it is so please enjoy. I will update soon with some real-life Chinese dragonflies...and no...their eyes aren't slanted....
See you lil dragonfly enthusiasts or my close friends (who are obligated to read this blog) later.