Glitter-glam golden dragonfly

I went out to get the mail during the heatwave last week, and saw sparkles in the air. Then I realized it was a dragonfly. I was sure some six-year-old girl must have dusted it with golden glitter. Further inspection revealed that this was an all natural glitter-glam golden dragonfly, known to scientists as a meadowhawk dragonfly, Sympetrum sp.

A meadowhawk dragonfly, Sympetrum sp.

Honestly, it was more sparkly than this — I just couldn’t capture how much this dragonfly winked with gold.

The meadowhawk dragonfly glitters in the hot July sun.

Gotta love how nature surprises and delights! I don’t know anything about dragonflies, but now, I want to learn!