Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cute Alert!! Cute Alert!!

Despite all the bad news in the world, occasionally something comes along to prove that there are still moments that can take your breath away. This picture is one of them for me.

It may look like the latest character from a computer-generated film - but it is, in fact, a real dragonfly.

This unbelievably clear photo showing the dragonfly with its smiling face was captured on a camera-phone by Mark Manders.

While out climbing in the Peak District in Derbyshire, this council worker from Nottingham, UK noticed the dragonfly settling on some rocks.

“It looks like a Pixar character,” said the 34-year-old. “It let me put my phone right against it. I didn't notice the smiley face at the time - it wasn't until afterwards when I saw the pictures.”

Mark says the dragonfly even let him hold it in his palm for a short while. He says he thought the dragonfly was too busy laying eggs to really notice him. Wow! Smiling through childbirth – now that’s something!

Steve Prentice, of the British Dragonfly Society, identified it as a female Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea.

Steve went on to say that the appearance of the smiley face comes from the 'frons' - the frontal area of an insect's head above the mouth parts.

Mother Nature is a wonderfully, creative woman!

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