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Eastern Newts Dining On Hapless Dragonflies

eastern newt eating dragonfly 407Inevitably, as newly-emerged drying dragonflies and damselflies hang over the surface of the water on emergent vegetation, breezes blow and some of them lose their grip, falling into the water below.  At this stage, their bodies are soft and they are not capable of flight, which leaves them very vulnerable to aquatic predators such as Eastern Newts.  While amphibian eggs, aquatic insects, crustaceans, worms and small molluscs make up most of their diet, Eastern Newts are quick to make a meal of most invertebrates that end up in the water.

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18 responses

  1. Lynne Woodard

    Remarkable photo, as yours always are!

    May 27, 2016 at 6:51 am

    • Thank you very much, Lynne, for all your support!

      May 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

  2. Lindsay Putnam

    Interesting shot! Is the newt in the water or in the air?!

    May 27, 2016 at 6:57 am

    • The newt is under water, Lindsay, coming up beneath the dragonfly that was/is floating on top of the water.

      May 27, 2016 at 8:06 am

  3. Beautiful shot!

    May 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

  4. Wow! Great shot! So clear under the water. Beautiful.

    May 27, 2016 at 9:48 am

  5. Susan Holland

    It is a great shot! I, too, wondered if the newt was leaping into the air ~ amazing how clear the water is!

    May 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm

  6. Alice Pratt

    The food chain……some don’t stand much of a chance to spread their wings and fly 😕

    May 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

  7. Rita Pitkin

    awesome shot!

    May 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm

  8. Nothing is wasted in nature. This is an incredible photo capture, Mary. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    May 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm

  9. Thank you, Eliza. A great weekend to you, too!

    May 27, 2016 at 6:02 pm

  10. Larry Cohen

    Hi Mary, I enjoy and appreciate your daily posts. ….. just want to mention that I saw my first lightningbug of the season last night! so exciting.

    May 28, 2016 at 8:23 am

    • Thank you, Larry. They were out here for the first time, or at least the first time I saw them, too!

      May 28, 2016 at 9:11 am

  11. Like many of yours, an amazing photograph. Thanks for your continued curiosity and sharing.

    May 30, 2016 at 8:44 am

    • Thank you so much, John. The newts have been busy gobbling up everything from toad eggs to dragonflies. Amazing how nothing is wasted by any creature but man…

      May 30, 2016 at 8:50 am

  12. Ruth Sylvester

    Remember that beautiful dragonfly in the last mailing….

    May 31, 2016 at 2:28 pm

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