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Archive for August 29th, 2011

Antenna Decoration

Dragonfly on antenna

Dragonfly on antenna

This dragonfly decided that the tip of the 2 m / 70 cm antenna on Mary’s bike was the best  place around to survey the area; it periodically zipped off to snag a meal, then returned to stand watch again.

Those wraparound compound eyes don’t miss much!

Dragonfly on antenna - detail

Dragonfly on antenna - detail

A few weeks ago, a much larger dragonfly bounced off my helmet and snagged itself in the delay line coil near the middle of the antenna: the dragonfly’s head slid 1/4 turn around the coil and latched firmly in place. Amid much buzzing of wings and thrashing of legs, I managed to unscrew the poor critter, whereupon it flew off undamaged.

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