Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dragonfly Parasite

I examined and finally detected no parasites on my dragonfly. Yes, I am not a dragonfly doctor nor a scientist, but just a curious hiker at Cerok Tokun.

I came across this interesting fact in Gallicissa: Dragonflies do serve as hosts for a parasite. This may, according to study, affect their ability to fly, their ability to reproduce, and their ability to defend their territories.

I observed my dragonfly under a microscopic view, and did not see any parasite under the wings.

It was then still a hero and a strong predator in the jungle. As a hero, it looked at me cautiously for this was only our first encounter. And it would never know that once upon a time, there was a guy who took the effort to confirm its health status.

26 comments:

Edwin T said...

First time here. What a nice blog you have!

Are you from BM? I used to climb Bukit Tokun every week last time when I was in my secondary school.

Less often now cause staying in KL studying. I'm from Kulim. :)

rainfield61 said...

Yes, I am from BM. Glad to meet you, and hope to see you at Cerok Tokun too.

Anonymous said...

You are indeed very detail.. I love it.. but your email address, sort have to set up Outlook Express or else cannot get you!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

You are so caring and detailed. I am very impressed Rainfield. And, wonderful photos as well.

Diane AZ said...

I enjoyed your beautiful dragonfly photos. I'm glad your patient has no parasites and can go on to enjoy a normal life.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful photos of the dragonfly, rainfield. I didn't know that parasite can live under the dragonfly's wings..

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful photos, I had no idea that dragonflies had parasites. I will have to look at them a little closer next summer. Thank you for the information Rainfield.

betchai said...

lovely dragonfly photos and thanks for the information. did not know about the parasites hosted by the dragonfly before, thanks to you i learned something new. you are right, the parasite is not in sight in that dragonfly.

Life Ramblings said...

i enjoy taking pics of dragonflies but didn't know about the parasites thing either.

Edwin T said...

Rainfield, glad to meet you too. If you don't mind, I would like to link you to my blog. Your photos are awesome! by the way, are you a medical doctor too?

Bengbeng said...

And it would never know that once upon a time, there was a guy who took the effort to confirm its health status.-> so funny this.. yr sense of humor is coming through more and more often nowadays :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Beautiful photos of the dragonfly!
Congrats on reaching 100 followers!!

Btw what is meant by 'Tokun'? mountain?

Cher said...

thanks for the info. can't take my eyes off that first photo! happy Sunday, Rainfield!

wenn said...

interesting..

Ratty said...

You got wonderful pictures of this dragonfly. I sometimes wonder about the health of my animals too. It's good you have found out how to check the status of a dragonfly.

rainfield61 said...

Anonymous: About the email address, uhhh... I have no idea how to fix it by now. Anyhow, you can get me through rainfield61@gmail.com.

Poetic Shutterbug: But I like the cat who picked you as the winner. Lovely.

Diane: I cannot imagine how a dragonfly doctor works. There must not be anyone available. (Think too much...)

Icy BC: I didn't know as well, until I read the article. Fun?

SquirrelQueen: Okay, I'll wait until next summer...zzZZZZ...

betchai: I do not think there are dragonflies in the desert. There must be many scorpions. Becareful!!!

Life Ramblings: Seems like I have enlightened many after have been enlightened by one.

rainfield61 said...

Edwin: Why not, just go ahead.

By the way, I am not a doctor at all. Why did you think so?

Bengbeng: I agree. I am funny, funny, and again funny. HHHHEEEEEHHHHEEEEE...

Kirigalpoththa: Thank you my friend. This is another milestone after first blogoversary.

BTW, Cerok = junction (of a road), Tokun comes from Tok Kun, where Tok means Grandpa, and literally it means Grandpa Kun.

Cher:Happy Sunday, and happy going to work.

wenn: interesting..

Ratty: Am I funny to check the health status of a dragonfly?

maricar said...

wonderful pictures of dragonfly rain, never thought that dragonfly serves as host for parasites, again i learned something interesting from you, thanks for sharing rain.

George said...

I'm glad you took the time to check this dragonfly. I'm glad he was healthy and that you shared your shared your wonderful photos with us.

Salitype said...

well, it is good to know it has been given 100% clear bill of health...it can still do what it does naturally, fly, reproduce and defend what's their's!!!

roentarre said...

Beautiful capture in the world of macro photography

Always a fun exercise to track dragon fly down

Tes said...

Wonderful shot, Rain! Thank you for making us aware about the parasites! I'll observe...

Autumn Belle said...

Hi, rainfield. Dragonfly says thank you for helping him check his health condition. Now that he is fine, he is ready for a take-off to the skies.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Oh, how can you tell? I don't understand. Or are you making a joke?

Ayie said...

How? *confused*

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thanks for teaching me a little bit of Malaysian :)