"You're wolfing down your food."
A friend pointed out to me one afternoon when I was having a late lunch. Most people would find this hard to believe as they know me to be a slow eater and I am always chewing my food. But I was so hungry that day, I was really shoving "fried mee hoon" into my mouth. And I was practically just swallowing them. I didn't care if I was eating like a hog.
Or perhaps it might be apt to say I was eating like a dragonfly?
Here's a look at feeding time for these dragonflies and damselflies and a few other insects...
The Orthetrum sabina wolfing down its meal of another dragonfly, of the Crocothemis spp.
The Brachythemis contaminata, a male, had caught a damselfly and the first thing it did was chomp off its head.
A female Brachythemis contaminata feeding on a damselfly of the Pseudagrion spp.
The Ischnura senegalensis subduing another dragonfly, the Agriocnemis femina, to secure it for its meal.
A damselfly, the Pseudagrion microcephalum, feeding on a spider it had caught.
And here's a spider feeding on a damselfly of the Ischnura spp.
Another damselfly, the Pseudagrion microcephalum, that had fallen prey to a spider.
A robber fly feeding on a blow fly