This dragonfly has an opinion, and you’re not going to like it.

Is it just me or does this Brazilian dragonfly look grumpy?

photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens at 1x on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/13, 1/200 sec
diffuse overhead twin flash
photographed in Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

4 thoughts on “This dragonfly has an opinion, and you’re not going to like it.”

  1. Not at all grumpy if compared with a paper wasp. And even less so if compared to Hollywood movies – there’s a kindly female face under the ‘helmet’.
    Looking into the extraordinary eyes of dragonflies is best explained by Michael Leunig’s cartoon: ‘I’m sick of the internet, I want a yabby net’. (Tried to get a working link for this comment but failed – it can be seen online at the State Library of Victoria)

  2. The funny thing about dragonflies is if you’d shot the same individual from a slightly lower angle so that you could see the mouthparts, it would look like it had a BIG smile instead!

    This is a lovely photo, Alex. Those eyes are simply beautiful.

  3. We have a pest control company and I am always researching information on insects to post on our FB page. We try to educate our followers on the benefits of insects as well as pest control tips. (I actually am fascinated by all bugs and love your site.) My question regards the use of your info on our page…I guess I’m asking for permission to post photos, etc. Please let me know.

    Love the dragonfly!

    1. Hello BG. In general, I consider social media use by for-profit companies (even as well as some non-profits, depending) commercial, and as such I normally require licensing fees to grant permission. Photo licensing is how I can afford to take most of these images in the first place.

      Not too many people follow those rules, though, so I end up issuing a lot of take-down notices to facebook when an image is shared without a link back to my site. In practice, I leave alone those unauthorized fb uses that do provide a link to my site.

      Thus, you basically have two options. You can formally license my work for social media commercial use (email me and we’ll negotiate terms)- this is what I’d prefer, obviously- but if you make sure you link back to when you share I won’t likely enforce my copyright. I do reserve the right at any time to have content removed under DMCA, which is my legal right if we do not have a formal agreement.

      I do appreciate your asking- that sort of courtesy is rare these days.

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