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A short close up video of a purple dragonfly

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Comment by NatureJunkie on August 6, 2013 at 12:00am

Awww. Little dragonfly. Chuckin' 'im under the chin like that, so CUTE! Don't start feedin' 'im though, or he's yours forever.

Comment by JohnAintWright on August 7, 2013 at 5:25am

most of these guys will let you touch them once they get used to you being near them. If I move slowly but deliberately around them, they get used to me being there. same with bees and butterflies. I think they look at me like a harmless cow.

Have you ever noticed a cow and how insects some other creatures pay no attention to them?

My logic is '' be a cow'' when shooting photos or videos of some insects and wildlife. Most insects are very busy and self absorbed unless we move erratically.

Comment by NatureJunkie on August 7, 2013 at 12:49pm

You're a bug wrangler, John!

When I was working my way through school, I was a night janitor in an elementary school. One of the classrooms had a praying mantis as a class pet/mascot. He would watch me as I worked, moving around his cage for the best view of me, and when I got close, he would turn his head to keep his eyes on my face. Insects can see us, they can tell the difference between a face and another body part. It makes me wonder what else they learn from seeing, what kind of things they know.

Yup, be a cow. When I go birdwatching, I plunk down a camp chair and just stay still. After about 30 minutes, the wildlife has figured out that you're no threat and they all come out of hiding.

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